David Donnan Profile
David Donnan is an accomplished business leader and consultant with significant global experience in the agriculture, food and retail industries. With a passion for pressing global issues like hunger relief, and the expertise to match, he brings first-rate knowledge to every client and speaking opportunity.
During his career Donnan has managed operating companies, run food plants and consulted to leading global retail and consumer product companies in technology and supply chain strategies, brand growth and market positioning. He is a senior partner with A.T. Kearney, a global managementconsulting firm, and leads the global food and beverage team. A champion of innovation in the food sector, he also works as a mentor with food startups.
Widely recognized as an industry leader with a diverse background, Donnan actively speaks and writes on topics vital to the global agriculture, food and beverage, retail, and restaurant industries. He brings an informed, yet lively perspective to any number of topics including The New Definition of Convenience — From Grab ‘n Go to Uber Eats, Affluence to Influence — Changing Consumer Culture, and Can We Feed the World? —The Collision of Demographics, Economics and Resources. He has presented at a variety of industry conferences for the Food and Nutrition Board, USDA, Grocery Manufacturers Association, Food Marketing Institute, Consumer Goods Forum, National Restaurant Association, Specialty Foods Association, U.S. Soybean Export Council, Farm Foundation, and Retail Council of Canada. He has also appeared on Bloomberg TV and is quoted in various business journals, including Business Week, The Wall Street Journal and Forbes.
Throughout his career, Donnan has given his time and expertise to organizations like Feeding America, the leading domestic hunger relief organization and the AARP Foundation (AARP Hunger Summit) for its work in addressing nutrition and health concerns for underserved seniors in urban areas. He also joined forces with Top Box Foods, Chris and Sheila Kennedy's not-for-profit to supply food to inner city Chicago. In 2015 he received the Consulting Magazine Community and Social Impact Award for his work with Feeding America.
Always committed to helping others with his perspective and leadership, Donnan is an advisory board member of the Global Midwest Alliance, Here Foods and Good Food Accelerator. He also serves on the board of Rubicon Organics, Family Farmed, a non-profit organization committed to expanding the production, marketing and distribution of locally grown and responsibly produced food, and The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.