Age/bio: 37, born in Cleveland. B.A. in communications and M.A. in economics, Boston College, 1981; MBA, Stanford University, 1985.
Career highlights: Management information systems director, Litton Industries, 1981-83; Procter & Gamble, 1985-91, rising to brand manager on Puffs; co-founder, Home Environment Products, 1991-93; VP-sales and marketing, Sony Corp. of America, 1993-95; current post, 1995-.