May 17, 1948, Old Forge, Pa.EDUCATION
BS, business, Western Illinois University, 1971; MBA, University of Louisville, 1975.CURRENT POSITION
President and CEO, Home Depot.PREVIOUS JOB
CEO, GE Power Systems.ON THE MOVE
Uprooted his family 11 times during his career.LESSON FROM WELCH
"Jack taught me a lot about trusting your gut."AFTER HOURS
Throws great parties, which often include Elvis impersonators.FAMILY
Married to Sue, his college sweetheart. They have three sons and a daughter, ages 15 to 26.