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7:52am EDT September 28, 2005

Born: Chicago

First job: U.S. Air Force fighter pilot

Whom do you admire most in business and why?

Rob Cawthorn was my boss for 10 years at Rhone Poulenc Rorer. He was the best at combining strategy with operational excellence. I also had the pleasure of working with Dr. Jonas Salk, who best recognized the power of combining great scientific vision with the human element.

What is the most important business lesson you've learned?

It all starts and ends with the quality and integrity of the people with whom you work. Describe your leadership style. Lead, follow or move aside. And do it with absolute integrity.