Diversity Leadership: David Gonzales, Merck & Co.

David L. Gonzales
Global Chief Diversity Officer
Merck & Co.


As Global Chief Diversity Officer at Merck & Co., David Gonzales oversees the company’s diversity-and-inclusion initiatives worldwide. He also focuses on addressing healthcare disparities among patients from traditionally underrepresented groups.

Prior to joining Merck in March 2013 as Director of Global Diversity & Inclusion, Gonzales was founder and CEO of an eponymous consulting firm specializing in diversity and inclusion. Before that, he spent 17 years at a major food and beverage company, most recently as Vice President, Global Citizenship. He was also Vice President, Community Affairs; Vice President, Global Diversity and Inclusion and Organizational Partnerships; and Vice President, Global Purchasing and Supplier Development for one of the company’s business units.

Gonzales began his career as a product-development engineer for Eastman Kodak. He then moved into the energy sector, working at Exxon, consulting firm Purvin & Gertz, and then founding PetroMark Enterprises, before joining PepsiCo.

Gonzales earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and a master’s degree in business, both from Carnegie Mellon University. He is a member of the board of the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University as well as SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts. He previously served on the boards of the Smithsonian Institute and the Latino Cultural Center.

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