Ex-P&G chief Robert McDonald out at VA

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It looks like the nearly two-and-a-half-year run of former Procter & Gamble chairman and CEO Robert McDonald as Secretary of Veterans Affairs is coming to an end.

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VA nominee Robert McDonald meets with Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid in July 2014.

President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday nominated David Shulkin, currently undersecretary for health at VA, to take the reins from McDonald, who has served as VA secretary since the end of July 2014.

McDonald is expected to resign from the post before Trump takes office, according to the Cincinnati Business Courier. The business journal said major veterans groups had lobbied Trump to keep McDonald — given his business know-how and military background — as VA secretary. McDonald served as an officer in the 82nd Airborne Division and is a West Point graduate.

The Veterans Administration is the nation’s largest integrated health care system, serving 8.76 million veterans annually at more than 1,700 locations.

McDonald retired from P&G in June 2013 after 33 years of service at the nation’s largest consumer products company.

His departure marked a reversal of P&G’s previous CEO succession. McDonald had succeeded A.G. Lafley as P&G’s CEO in July 2009 and then was announced as its chairman in December 2009, taking over from Lafley, who retired from the company early the next year.



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