"Education is a lifelong passion for me. I believe curiosity is key to progress. There is no better way to foster a sense of curiosity in people than to support their educational needs. The Marine Corps University Foundation enables me to do this for my fellow Marines, where curiosity and education can not only drive progress, but save lives. "
Mr. Donald Knauss served in the U.S. Marine Corps from August 1976 to January 1981. He was an artillery officer with First Battalion 12th Marines in Kaneohe, Hawaii. When he left active duty in 1981, he had attained the rank of Captain. Mr. Knauss currently serves on the Kellogg Company Board as well as the Dean’s Advisory Board for the College of Arts and Sciences at Indiana University and the Board of Trustees for Morehouse College.
Mr. Knauss began his business career as a brand manager in the paper products division at Procter & Gamble. He spent twelve 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, Mr. Knauss served nearly two years managing Coca-Cola’s business in ten 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 PespiCo, Inc.
Mr. Knauss was named Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Clorox Company in October 2006. As CEO, he has overall responsibility for directing the company’s worldwide business, which generated revenues of $4.6 billion in FY2006.
On September 18, 2014, The Clorox Company issued a press release announcing that it had named Donald Knauss to the newly-created position of Executive Chairman to be effective on November 20, 2014.