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8:00pm EDT August 26, 2007

Born: March 21, 1949

Education: Bachelor of science degree, accounting, Penn State

First job: I was a paperboy for two years, from ages nine to 11. Aside from that, my entire career has been with Deloitte & Touche LLP.

Whom do you admire most in business and why?

Instead of focusing on an individual, I have created a ‘personal board of directors’ whose varied attributes and philosophies I deeply admire. In effect, this board of directors is a composite of people whose particular qualities allow me to enhance my strengths and complement my weaknesses.

What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced as a leader, and how did you handle it?

Early in my career, a client asked me to overlook an audit issue I had discovered that would have been detrimental to the company’s bottom line. When I considered the client’s suggestion to ‘forget’ about the issue, all I could envision was my family. They trust me to set an example personally and professionally and remain my litmus test for moral and ethical decisions. I reported the audit issue, as I should have. Although the client was angry, I know I made the right decision.

If you could be one superhero, which one would you be and why?

I don’t know if I could pick a superhero — My wife says I wouldn’t look good in tights. I’d love to have a superpower, however, that causes other people to be successful.