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Robert A. McDonald oversees all global operations and corporate functions of Procter & Gamble’s $76.5-billion business, which maintains on-the-ground operations in more than 80 countries.
In 1975, McDonald graduated from West Point with a ranking of 13 out of 875 students and a B.S. in Engineering. He then served as a captain in the U.S. Army for 5 years, primarily in the 82nd Airborne Division. While still serving in the Army, McDonald received an M.B.A. from the University of Utah in 1978. He graduated with honors from Beta Gamma Sigma.
McDonald joined Procter & Gamble in 1980 in the U.S. marketing division. He transferred to Toronto in 1989 to lead P&G’s Canadian laundry business, and then to the Philippines in 1991 as General Manager. In 1995 he became Vice President and General Manager, Laundry & Cleaning Products-Asia, and relocated to Japan. After several other promotions, he was appointed Vice Chairman, Global Operations, in 2004, returning to the U.S. after 14 years abroad. McDonald assumed his current role as Chief Operating Officer in July 2007.
In 2007, McDonald received the inaugural Leadership Excellence Award from the Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership at the U.S. Naval Academy and Harvard Business Review. The award recognizes top executives of U.S.-based companies who consistently exemplify a commitment to personal integrity, business success and fellow employees.
McDonald serves on the Xerox Board of Directors and is Chairman of the Board for GS1, an international supply chain standards organization. He is also a member of the U.S. Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations (ACTPN).
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