Graduate, Miami University, Oxford, OH. Master of Arts, University Chicago.
Various positions Sandoz Pharmaceuticals Corporation, East Hanover, New Jersey, 1978-1986, vice president, 1986-1987, corporation vice president, chief operating officer business management, 1987. President Sandoz Consumer HealthCare Group, Parsippany, 1987, Wyeth-Ayerst Laboratories, 1993—1997, Wyeth-Ayerst Global Pharmaceutical, 1997. Executive vice president Wyeth, Madison, New Jersey, 1997-2000, chief operating officer, 2000, president, 2000—2006, Chief Executive Officer, 2001—2007, chairman, 2003—2008.
Board directors Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company, Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturer American. Member Business Roundtable, Business Council.
Chairman Children's Health Fund Corporation Council. Trustee Penn Medicine. Member of Pharmaceutical Manufacturer Association.
Married Rosalind Esser, July 24, 1969 (divorced June 1986). Children: Elizabeth, Emily. Married Anne Essner, May 23, 1987.
Children: Elizabeth, Emily, Benjamin.