Global Chief Diversity Officer
Merck & Co., Inc.
David L. Gonzales is currently the Global Chief Diversity Officer for Merck & Co., Inc. and plays a central role in advancing Merck’s vision and linking the organization’s business performance to the global diversity and inclusion leadership agenda – specifically the workforce, workplace, and marketplace.
Under his leadership, Merck is focused on the development of the 21st century workforce that is gender balanced, inclusive of the world’s top, diverse talent, and driven by the desire to address critical issues of health and well-being utilizing Merck’s legacy of scientific excellence. In so doing, the business impact is to reduce healthcare disparities among patients worldwide and customer groups and together, reinforce Merck’s vision of being the #1 trusted and valued healthcare partner to patients worldwide.
Before joining Merck in March of 2013 as Director of Global Diversity & Inclusion, David was founder and CEO of a global consulting firm with core practice areas in diversity and inclusion, workforce development, cultural competency, leadership development, employee engagement and strategic supply chain management. Previously, David was an executive at PepsiCo in roles of increasing responsibility since 1991. Most recently, as Vice President of Global Citizenship, David worked across PepsiCo to help the company become “The Premier Global Corporate Citizen,” leading PepsiCo’s citizenship agenda in the areas of diversity and inclusion, national workforce development, environmental sustainability, economic development, global disaster response, health and wellness and employee engagement. This work is featured in the seminal corporate citizenship book, “Forces for Good.”
David previously served as PepsiCo’s Vice President of Community Affairs and the Vice President of Global Diversity and Inclusion and Organizational Partnerships, roles in which he focused on reputation management and external shareholder engagement. David drove the PepsiCo global diversity and inclusion initiative and established the supporting business case, metrics, integration process and recognition programs – work that transformed the culture and reputation of PepsiCo.
Prior to moving to PepsiCo’s corporate offices in 2001, David was Vice President, Global Purchasing and Supplier Development, Frito-Lay, PepsiCo’s largest operating division. He developed and implemented global sourcing strategies, supplier development and productivity cost savings across all raw material purchases, using the expertise gained as Frito-Lay’s Vice President of International Purchasing, Director of Packaging and Energy Purchasing for North
America and Group Manager of Ingredients Purchasing for Lays, Doritos, Tostitos, Fritos and other brands.
Until he joined PepsiCo in 1991, David worked in a variety of roles and companies in energy. As founder and President of PetroMark Enterprises, he raised venture capital in both New York and Texas by introducing the first automated retail and fleet fueling gasoline system in the United States. The "PetroMark System" successfully reduced fleet fueling costs, while providing automated pump-and-pay capability to convenience store customers using mainstream credit cards.
David was a partner with the worldwide energy consulting firm of Purvin & Gertz. He orchestrated mergers and acquisitions worldwide and provided consultation on procurement strategies for the truck, airline, railroad, utility and food manufacturing industries. Clients included leading Fortune 500 companies in the financial, energy and transportation industries.
Before that, David was Retail District Sales Manager for the Exxon Company’s North Texas market, where he was accountable for the profit and loss of 125 company-owned retail operations. He drove the introduction of the convenience store "mini-serve" concept, including the redesign of Exxon's retail store image and the execution of the first integrated gasoline and convenience store operation in this market. He joined Exxon in 1975 as a financial analyst.
David began his career with Eastman Kodak Company in Rochester, N.Y. As a product development engineer, he conducted pilot plant studies to commercialize new research products, which brought to national market one of Kodak's newest innovations in film and sound technology, Ektasound®.
David is a graduate of Carnegie-Mellon University. He earned his master’s degree in business, with a concentration in finance and international business, and his bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering.
David has been active on many boards and advisory committees. Since 2001, he served on the PepsiCo Foundation Board of Directors, including its Strategic Planning Committee focused on Global Corporate Social Responsibility. He is a past member of the Board of Directors, the Smithsonian Institute, and The Latino Cultural Center. Additionally, David is currently on the
Board of Directors, Meadows School of the Fine Arts, and the Cox School of Business, Southern Methodist University.