Kenneth L. Lay (born 1942) is an American businessman and former CEO of Enron Corporation. Lay was the CEO and chairman of Enron from 1986 until his resignation on January 23, 2002.
During the 2000 campaign of George W. Bush, Lay was a "pioneer" - a supporter who gave more than $100,000. Enron and Lay have given the younger Bush over $600,000 during his entire political career. He was nicknamed "Kenny Boy" by George W. Bush, and was often noted by Bush at public events, before Lay's reputation was destroyed.
|1965||Economist, Exxon Corporation|
|1969||Assistant professor, George Washington University|
|1971||Assistant to a commissioner, Federal Power Commission|
|1972||Undersecretary for energy issues, Department of the Interior|
|1974||Vice president, Florida Gas|
|1976||President, Florida Gas|
|1979||Executive vice president, The Continental Group|
|1981||President, chief operating officer, Transco|
|1984||Chief executive officer, Houston Natural Gas|
|1985||Enron formed by merger of Houston Natural Gas and Internorth|
|1990||Chairman of the board and chief executive officer, Enron co-chairman, organizing committee for G-7 summit|
|1992||Co-chairman, President Bush Re-election Committee chairman, Republican National Convention, Houston|
|1992||Assists with campaign of Sheila Jackson-Lee to defeat Congressman Craig Washington|
|1994||Lay becomes CEO of Enron and is involved with the creation of various techniques for manipulating the energy system|
|2001||Jeffrey Skilling becomes CEO of Enron for a few months|
|2002||Amid extreme pressure, Lay resigns as Enron CEO, leaves board|
See also: Timeline of the Enron scandal.