Donald R. Knauss

Former Chairman & CEO, The Clorox Company


Donald R. Knauss is the former Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of The Clorox Company, a leading multinational manufacturer and marketer of consumer and professional products. He also served as Executive Chairman of The Clorox Company. Mr. Knauss previously served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Coca-Cola North America and in various other senior management roles for its subsidiary businesses, and held various marketing and sales positions with PepsiCo, Inc. and The Procter & Gamble Company. Mr. Knauss also served as an Officer in the United States Marine Corps. 

Skills and qualifications

Mr. Knauss provides the Board with retail industry experience, senior leadership, marketing / brands, human capital management, capital deployment, global supply chain, financial management, risk management, reputation management, and environmental, social, and governance skills developed over his more than 40 years of service in the consumer products business. During that time, he held positions of increasing responsibility across several well-known companies, including Clorox, Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, and Procter & Gamble, culminating in his role as CEO of Clorox where he was responsible for many of the functions requiring those skills. With respect to environmental, social, and governance, Mr. Knauss provides an understanding of environmental matters based on raw materials used in Clorox’s business and the focus on sustainable packaging at Coca-Cola. In addition, his service on other public company boards, including experience as an executive chair, non-executive chair, and lead independent director, has enhanced those skills and strengthens the Board’s collective oversight capability. He also has experience with the roles and responsibilities of different board committees through current or prior service on the audit, compensation, nominating and governance, executive, finance, manufacturing, consumer, and shopper marketing, and/or board affairs committees of other public company boards.

Other public company boards

Current Within past five years Other past boards

Kellanova (formerly Kellogg Company) 

McKesson Corporation


The Clorox Company 

URS Corporation