2014 Executive Leader
The Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business
Donald R. “Don” Knauss joined the Clorox Company as chair and chief executive officer in October 2006. As CEO, he directs the company’s worldwide business, which generated revenues of $5.6 billion in fiscal year 2013.
Prior to joining Clorox, Knauss spent 12 years with the Coca-Cola Company. He joined the company in 1994 as senior vice president of marketing for Minute Maid and in 1996, he was promoted to senior vice president and general manager for Minute Maid’s US retail operations. Beginning in 1998, Knauss served nearly two years managing Coca-Cola’s businesses in 10 countries of Southern Africa. In 2000, he was named president and chief executive officer of Minute Maid. He became president and chief operating officer of Coca-Cola North America in 2004.
Knauss has a long-standing commitment to promoting workplace equality and embracing diversity. In 2006, he received the Jackie Robinson Foundation’s ROBIE Award for industry achievement. The ROBIE Award is the foundation’s highest tribute to an individual who has promoted and expanded opportunities for minorities in the corporate world.
A native of Highland, Indiana, Knauss holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Indiana University. One of Knauss’ personal passions is promoting education, which includes serving on the Morehouse College (Atlanta) Board of Trustees and the Marine Corps University Foundation Board of Trustees.
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