Bachelor of Journalism in Advt, University Missouri, 1948.
Assistant advertising manager Montgomery Ward Company, 1948. Copywriter, assistant manager advertising promotion Chicago Tribune, 1949-1950. Manager promotion Philadelphia Bulletin, 1951-1956.
With The Kroger Company, 1956-1977, general manager St. Louis division, 1956-1961. Director marketing processed foods division, Cincinnati, 1961-1963, vice president, general manager, 1964-1966. Corporation vice president St. Louis, 1966.
Vice president food manufacturing divisions, 1966-1969. President Kroger Food Processing Company, 1969-1972, Kroger Brands Company, 1972-1974. Senior corporation vice president parent company, 1974-1975.
Corporation president, board directors parent company, 1975-1977. With Super Valu Stores, Inc., Minneapolis, 1977-1988. President Super Valu Wholesale Food Companies, 1977-1987, chairman, 1985-1988.
Senior corporation vice president Super Valu Stores Inc. Chairman, chief executive officer Food Giant, Inc. President, chief executive officer Corporation Strategies International, Minneapolis, since 1987.
President Marketing Associates, Inc., since 1987. President, chief executive officer LeaderShape, Inc., Champaign, Illinois, since 1987. Chairman, board directors Quality Containers International, Inc., since 1989.
Board directors Novate Enterprise, Inc., Americana Magazine, Rural Ventures, Inc., Lewis Grocer Company, Vital Resources, Inc., WestCoast Grocery Company, Paragon Trade Brands, Inc.
Chairman Leader Shape Institute. Chairman, board governors ATO Foundation Served with Air Corps United States Naval Reserve, 1945-1946. Member American Management Association, Food Marketing Institute, Greater Cincinnati Chamber of C. (vice president, director), American Institute of Management, Alpha Delta Sigma, Alpha Tau Omega.
Clubs: Interlachen Country (Minneapolis), Commercial, Cincinnati, Hyde Park Golf and Country, Queen City, Bankers (Cincinnati). Tonka Racquets, Camargo Racquet.
Married Nancy P. Claney, October 27, 1951. Children: Kim Elizabeth, Keith Murdock.