Bachelor of Business Administration, Cleveland State University, 1972. Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration (honorary), Cleveland State University, 2001.
Field service engineer General Electric Lighting, 1970. Various positions General Electric, 1970-1990. Vice president, general manager manufacturing Education&C, 1990-1998.
Senior vice president General Electric, 1998-1999. President, Chief Executive Officer General Electric Industrial Systems, 1999—2004. Chief Executive Officer, consumer & industrial division General Electric, 2004—2006.
President, Chief Executive Officer General Electric Industrial, 2006—2008. Vice chairman General Electric, 2006—2008. Managing partner GenNx360 Capital Partners, since 2008.
Started General Electric African-American forum, 1990. Board director National Association of Manufacturers, National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME), General Electric, since 2007, Textron Inc., since 2008.
Republican for General Electric America's Promise.
Married Teri Trotter. 3 children.