Donald Knauss has served as a member of Kellogg Company’s Board of Directors since November 2007. Mr. Knauss chairs the Manufacturing Committee. He also serves on the Executive Committee, Audit Committee and Nominating & Governance Committee.
Mr. Knauss retired as Executive Chairman of the Board of The Clorox Company, effective July 1, 2015. He had served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer from 2006 to 2014.
Prior to joining Clorox, Mr. Knauss spent 12 years with The Coca-Cola Company. He joined the company in 1994 as Senior Vice President of Marketing for The Minute Maid Company, and, in 1996, was promoted to Senior Vice President and General Manager for Minute Maid's U.S. retail operations. Beginning in 1998, he 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 The Minute Maid Company. He became President and Chief Operating Officer of Coca-Cola North America in 2004.
Mr. Knauss previously held a variety of positions in marketing and sales with the Frito-Lay and Tropicana divisions of PepsiCo, Inc. He began his business career as a brand manager in the paper products division at Procter & Gamble. Prior to that, he served as an officer of the United States Marine Corps. Mr. Knauss sits on the Board of Directors of McKesson Corporation and on the Economic Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.
Mr. 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.
Mr. Knauss also serves on the Morehouse College (Atlanta) Board of Trustees and the Marine Corps University Foundation Board of Trustees. In 2007, Mr. Knauss and his wife Ellie launched the Knauss Scholars Program. The program provides 15 children of Clorox employees with tuition awards toward a four-year program at an accredited college, university, vocational or technical school program.
Mr. Knauss holds a Bachelor's degree in history from Indiana University.