Bachelor of Arts in Economics. with honors, Brown University, 1974.
Assistant to James Reston, correspondent The New York Times, Washington, New York City, London, 1974-1982. Associate, vice president Lehman Brothers Kuhn Loeb, New York City, 1982-1984. Associate, vice president, principal, managing director, head communications group Morgan Stanley & Company, 1984-1989.
Managing director, head communications group Lazard Fréres & Company, LLC, 1989-1997, deputy chief executive, deputy chairman, 1998—2000. Co-founder, managing principal Quadrangle Group LLC, 2000—2009. Counselor to secretary on auto industry issues United States Department Treasury, Washington, 2009.
Board directors Falcon Cable Holding Group, since 1993.
Trustee Brookings Institution, since 1998, Metropolitan Museum Art, since 1996. Trustee Educational Broadcasting Corporation, since 1990, vice chairman, 1994-1998, chairman, 1998-2006. Fellow & chairman budget & finance committee Brown University.
Advisory council New York City Outward Bound Center, since 1990. Past trustee Museum television & Radio. Member Council Foreign Relations, Royal Institute for International Affairs (associate).
Married Patricia Maureen White, June 22, 1986. Children: Rebecca White, Daniel Irvin, David William, James Brennan.