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David H. Koch

Director Emeritus

David H. Koch

David H. Koch is director emeritus of Koch Industries, Inc., which owns a diverse group of companies involved in refining, chemicals, and biofuels; forest and consumer products; fertilizers; polymers and fibers; process and pollution control equipment and technologies; electronics; information systems; commodity trading; minerals; energy; glass; ranching; and investments. Based in Wichita, Kansas, with estimated annual revenues as high as $110 billion, according to Forbes, Koch companies employ more than 130,000 people worldwide, with about 67,000 of those in the United States, and have a presence in 60 countries. Since 2003, Koch companies have invested more than $105 billion in growth and improvements. From January 2009 to present, Koch companies have earned more than 1,300 awards for safety, environmental excellence, community stewardship, innovation, and customer service. Familiar Koch companies’ brands include STAINMASTER® carpet, Quilted Northern® tissue, and the Dixie® brand of cups, plates and cutlery.

Mr. Koch served as chairman and chief executive officer of Koch Chemical Technology Group, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Koch Industries.

Koch Chemical Technology Group serves municipalities, oil refineries and chemical plants around the globe with research and development, manufacturing and sales of process and pollution control equipment. This group employs more than 5,000 people and includes these businesses:

  • Koch-Glitsch, LP (Wichita, Kansas)
  • Koch Membrane Systems, Inc. (Wilmington, Massachusetts)
  • Koch Heat Transfer Company, LP (Houston, Texas)
  • John Zink Hamworthy Combustion (Tulsa, Oklahoma)
  • Optimized Process Designs, LLC (Houston, Texas)

Before joining Koch, he was a research and process design engineer for Amicon Corporation and Arthur D. Little, Inc., both in Cambridge, Mass; and Halcon International Inc. and its affiliate, the Scientific Design Company in New York City.

Mr. Koch received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

A long-time philanthropist, Mr. Koch has given generously to a variety of organizations and programs. In his lifetime, he and the David H. Koch Charitable Foundation have pledged or contributed more than $1.3 billion to cancer research, medical centers, educational institutions, arts and cultural institutions, and to assist public policy organizations. Gifts of note include:

  • $222 million in total contribitions to the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center including $150 million to build a state-of-the-art outpatient medical facility. This recent donation is the largest single gift Memorial Sloan-Kettering has ever received and is the largest single gift Mr. Koch has ever given.
  • $100 million to New York-Presbyterian Hospital to help build the David H. Koch Center, a new ambulatory care center, and $30 million to support other causes.
  • $10 million for the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford University for Allergy Research.
  • $10 million to Jaffe Food Allergy Institute at The Mount Sinai Medical Center to create the David H. and Julia Koch Research Program in Food Allergy Therapeutics.
  • $185 million in total contributions to MIT, including $100 million as prime contributor for the David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, $20 million to help build a new childcare center, and contributions that supported the Koch Biology Building and the David H. Koch School of Chemical Engineering Practice.
  • $20 million to Johns Hopkins University for the David H. Koch Cancer Research Center.
  • $65 million to renovate the plaza at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, in New York City.
  • $100 million to the New York State Theater at Lincoln Center, now the David H. Koch Theater.
  • $26.5 million to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center for the David H. Koch Center for Applied Research of Genitourinary Cancers.
  • $26.2 million to The Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City for the 'Building on Success' campaign and other causes
  • $35 million to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History to renovate the dinosaur hall and $15 million that created the David H. Koch Hall of Human Origins.
  • $20 million to the American Museum of Natural History in New York City establishing the David H. Koch Dinosaur Wing.

Mr. Koch has received numerous awards including the 2013 Intrepid Salute Award from the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum and the Humanitarian Award from the American Apparel & Footwear Association in 2011, and has been recognized by The New York Academy of Medicine for his support of biomedical research, healthcare and education (2004). His corporate leadership has been honored by: the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory's Double Helix award (2007), Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center's Excellence in Corporate Leadership award (2005) and the prestigious Corporate Citizenship Award from the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (2004). Other recognition includes the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Bronze Beaver Award (2008), Deerfield Medal of the Deerfield Academy (2003), Hospital for Special Surgery's Philanthropy Award (2009), and Americans for Prosperity Foundation's George Washington Award for Principled Leadership (2007). 

Mr. Koch has served on the boards of the Cato Institute, the Reason Foundation, and Americans for Prosperity Foundation, organizations focused on applying free market principles to enhance peace, prosperity and social progress. In 2005, Mr. Koch received a presidential appointment to the National Cancer Advisory Board of the National Cancer Institute, serving until March 2010 when his term expired.

Other nonprofit boards on which he has served are:

  • Director, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc., New York, New York
  • Member, Board of Directors, The Economic Club of New York, New York
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York 
  • Governor, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, New York 
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York
  • Member, Board of Visitors, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Hospital for Special Surgery, New York 
  • Member, Board of Directors, Rockefeller University, New York 
  • Member, Board of Trustees, House Research Institute, Los Angeles
  • Member, Board of Associates, Whitehead Institute, Cambridge, Mass.
  • Honorary Member, Board of Trustees, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.
  • Life Member of the Corporation, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass.
  • Member, Board of Trustees, The Prostate Cancer Foundation, Los Angeles
  • Vice Chairman, Board of Directors, American Ballet Theatre, New York 
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Washington
  • Member, Board of Directors, Aspen Institute, Aspen, Colo.
  • Member, Board of Directors, Institute of Human Origins, Phoenix, Ariz.
  • Member, Board of Overseers, WGBH Channel 2, Boston, Mass. 
  • Member, James Madison Council, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

Mr. Koch was born in Wichita, Kansas. He and his wife, Julia, have three children.