The company also has opened its doors to student talent at UC through internships and cooperative education experiences. “P&G’s active involvement through the Carl H. Lindner Honors-PLUS Program, the master of science in marketing program and the Live Well collaborative has had a profound and lasting impact on the academic experiences of UC College of Business students,” says Ralph Katerberg, professor of management. “Our co-ops and interns in both the brand-management program and in the consumer-market-knowledge program have enjoyed full-time careers and have progressed into leadership roles at P&G. In addition, our faculty continue to benefit from multi-tiered collaborative relationships with business units under Bob’s guidance. These relationships have, over the years, resulted in widely-published thought leadership that enhances UC’s role as a top research university,” Katerberg says.
A native of Gary, Ind., McDonald earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1975 and earned his MBA from the University of Utah in 1978. He served in the U.S. Army from 1975-80, when he was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal.
McDonald serves on the Board of Directors of Xerox Corporation and is Chairman of the Board for GS1, an international supply chain standards organization. He is also Vice Chair of the U.S.-China Business Council and member of the U.S. Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations, the Foreign Investment Advisory Council in Russia and Singapore’s International Advisory Council of the Economic Development Board.
McDonald is Chair of the Fuqua Global Partnerships Committee at Duke University, where he also serves on the Executive Committee and Board of Visitors. He also serves on advisory boards at West Point, Northwestern University and the University of Utah.