Bachelor, Yale University, 1958.
Vice president, account supervisor, Leo Burnett Company, Chicago, 1960-1972; senior vice president marketing, Kentucky Fried Chicken Corporation, 1972-1975; senior vice president, Green Giant Company, 1975-1979; chief operating officer, Green Giant Company, 1979; executive vice president, Pillsbury Company, 1979-1984; president, Pillsbury Company, 1984-1988; chairman, chief Executive officer, Pillsbury Company, 1985-1988. Board directors Cooper Industries, Michael Foods Inc.
Board of directors Minnetonka Corporation Served with United States Marine Corps, 1958-1960.
Married Ardietta Ford, June 12, 1958. Children: John Marshall, Lisa, Michael.