David H. Koch, Founding Chair

David Koch

Director & Executive Vice President
Koch Industries

David H. Koch is executive vice president and board member of Koch Industries, Inc., which owns a diverse group of companies with about $110 billion in revenues, 67,000 employees, and a presence in nearly 60 countries. Since 2003, Koch companies have invested about $45 billion in acquisitions and other capital expenditures. Based in Wichita, Kansas, Koch Industries is involved in refining and chemicals; process equipment, pollution control systems, and water purification technologies; minerals and fertilizers; polymers and fibers; commodity trading and services; and forest and consumer products. Familiar Koch companies’ brands include STAINMASTER® carpet, LYCRA® fiber, Quilted Northern® tissue and Dixie® brand of tabletop products. .

Mr. Koch, who earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, applies that scientific expertise in his role as chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Koch Chemical Technology Group, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Koch Industries.  The chemical technology group serves oil refineries, chemical plants, and municipalities around the globe.  This group employs about 5,000 people.

Prior to joining Koch Industries in 1970, Mr. Koch worked as a research engineer and process design engineer for Amicon Corporation, in Cambridge, MA; Arthur D. Little, Inc., also in Cambridge, MA; and Halcon International, Inc. and its affiliate, the Scientific Design Company in New York City.

In 2011, Mr. Koch received the Humanitarian Award from the American Apparel & Footwear Association, and he has been recognized by The New York Academy of Medicine for his support of biomedical research, healthcare and education. His corporate leadership has been honored by the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory’s Double Helix award in 2007, the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center’s Excellence in Corporate Leadership award in 2005, and the prestigious Corporate Citizenship Award from the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in 2004. Other recognition includes the Manhattan Republican Party's Business Statesman of the Year award in 2002 and the Entrepreneurial Leadership Award (1994) and the Lifetime Achievement Award (2001) from the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship.

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.  He has also been active in the public policy field, serving on the boards of the Cato Institute and the Reason Foundation. These organizations are focused on applying market-based concepts to enhance peace, prosperity, and social progress. 

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