President Barack Obama picks ex-P&G executive Robert McDonald to lead Veterans Affairs

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Robert A. McDonald, Photo courtesy of Proctor & Gamble Robert A. McDonald, Photo courtesy of Proctor & Gamble

President Barack Obama is selecting former Procter & Gamble (P&G) executive Robert A. McDonald as his choice to be secretary of Veterans Affairs.

If confirmed by the Senate, McDonald would replace Acting VA Secretary Sloan Gibson, who replaced Eric Shinseki as head of the agency.

McDonald spent 33 years with P&G; he was the chief executive officer from July 2009 until June 2013.

A.G. Lafley replaced McDonald as CEO after McDonald's retirement in 2013.

While at P&G, McDonald oversaw more than 120,000 employees, with operations around the world, selling products in more than 180 countries.

In January 2014, McDonald was tapped to lead the Cultural Facilities Task Force that is studying the massive revitalization projects for two landmark buildings: the Cincinnati Museum Center and Music Hall.

More about Robert A. McDonald: 

McDonald served on the McKinsey Advisory Council, the Singapore International Advisory Council of the Economic Development Board, and on the boards of U.S. Steel and Xerox Corp.

In 2007, McDonald received the inaugural Leadership Excellence Award from the U.S. Naval Academy and Harvard Business Review.

McDonald graduated in the top 2 percent of his class at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1975 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering.

After graduation, he served as a Captain in the U.S. Army for 5 years, and earned an MBA from the University of Utah in 1978.

Upon leaving the military, McDonald received the Meritorious Service Medal.

McDonald joined P&G in 1980.

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