Meet Bob

Bob McDonald served Procter & Gamble for 33 years with the last four as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer.  During his tenure as CEO of P&G Bob helped to expand the footprint of the company brands such that one billion people became new customers of a company product.

Following his career at P&G, Bob was selected by President Obama in 2014 to head the Department of Veterans Affairs.  While at the helm of the VA, Bob was able to help transform the agency into one that truly delivered better care for our Military veterans.

Awards

Bob McDonald is the recipient of numerous leadership awards and Honorary Doctorate Degrees that include: Hampden Sydney College, University of Cincinnati, Xavier University, Robert Morris University, and Drexel University.  In 2010, the University of Utah Alumni Association named Bob a Distinguished Graduate.  The West Point Association of Graduates named McDonald for its admired Distinguished Graduate Award in 2017, recognition provided annually to “West Point graduates whose character, distinguished service and stature draw wholesome comparison to the qualities for which West Point strives.” With that distinction, Bob joins Academy graduates like Gen. Matthew B. Ridgway, Gen. William C. Westmoreland, Gen. Alexander M. Haig Jr., Dr. Buzz Aldrin, Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf, Mr. R. James Nicholson, Gen. Eric K. Shinseki, among others. In 2014, The President of the Republic of Singapore awarded Bob the Public Service Star for his work helping shape Singapore’s development as an international hub connecting global companies with Asian firms and enterprises.  Lastly, Bob has received an award as Scout Leader from the Boy Scouts and Far East Council.

Boards and Associations

Distinguished West Point GraduateBob McDonald is personally and professionally committed to values-based leadership and to improving the lives of others. He is Chairman of the Board of RallyPoint Networks, Inc.—an online community of active duty military members and Veterans—and serves on the Board of Directors of the Partnership for Public Service, Audia International, Inc., the Association of Graduates of the United States Military Academy, the Boulder Crest Retreat Foundation, and the McCormick Research Institute in Orlando, Florida. Bob and his wife, Diane, are the founders of The McDonald Conference for Leaders of Character at West Point—an annual gathering that brings together the brightest young minds from the best universities around the world and partners them with senior business, nongovernmental organization, and government leaders in a multi-day interactive learning experience.

In July, 2020 Bob became the April and Jay Graham Fellow of the George W. Bush Institute.  In this endowed role he serves as a key member of the Bush Institute’s Military Service Initiative team, advocating for post-9/11 Veterans and building awareness for the issues that affect their successful transitions to civilian life including employment,  education, and health and wellbeing.  In September, 2020 Bob was appointed to the Biden Transition Advisory Board, to ensure a smooth administration transition if Vice President Biden is elected.

President Bush with Bob McDonald

Education

Bob McDonald graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in the top 2 percent of the Class of 1975. He served as the Brigade Adjutant for the Corps of Cadets and was recognized by The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacturing, and Commerce as the most distinguished graduate in academics, leadership, and physical education. In 1978, Bob earned his MBA from the University of Utah.  An Army Veteran, Bob served with the 82nd Airborne Division. He completed Jungle, Arctic, and Desert Warfare training. And he earned the Ranger tab, the Expert Infantryman Badge, and Senior Parachutist wings. Upon leaving military service, then-Captain McDonald was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal.

Public Service Positions

PositionDescription
Ambassador(Kobe) Japan
ChairU.S. Chine Business Council
MemberPutin’s Foreign Investment Advisory Committee

Family

Bob McDonald and his wife are the parents of two grown children and the proud grandparents of three grandsons and three granddaughters.

Something You May Not Know About Bob

He is a partial owner of the effort to bring a Major League Soccer franchise to the City of Cincinnati.

Recent Posts

West Point Distinguished Graduate Awards

I recently traveled to West Point for the festivities around the annual Distinguished Graduate Awards (DGA) and the Alumni Parade.  The DGAs involved a dinner at Herbert Hall, our alumni building, and a parade to the statue of Sylvanus Thayer, and a Corps of Cadets parade.  As the Chairman of the Board of the Association […]

West Point Ready to Lead…And More

I recently visited West Point and met with Todd Browne, West Point Class of 1985 and President and CEO of the Association of Graduates (AOG) at Herbert Hall, the offices of the AOG.  I met with Todd in his office and we talked about a number of issues.  We then reviewed the composition of the […]

Re-Cap of 2022 Horatio Alger Awards Ceremony and Events

What follows is a journal type re-cap of my experience not only as a recipient of the Horatio Alger Award, but my interactions with other award winners as well. Upon landing in the Washington, D.C. area we grabbed our luggage, and then took a taxi to the Ritz-Carlton Hotel on 22nd Street in Georgetown which […]