With some of the most recognizable and successful brands including Crest, Gillette, Pampers, Dawn, and Charmin in its vast portfolio, Procter & Gamble (PG) serves nearly five billion people around the world. Based in Cincinnati, Ohio, with operations in approximately 70 countries, P&G is also the world’s largest advertiser. The list of top P&G shareholders includes many who have taken part in helping the company strengthen its position as a dominant global market leader. The facts and figures listed are current as of the most recent proxy statement filed by the company with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Aug. 23, 2019.

Key Takeaways

  • The top P&G shareholders include those who have helped the company strengthen its position as a dominant global market leader.
  • The company's top shareholder is Jon R. Moeller—the company's CFO, COO, and vice chairman.
  • David Taylor, the company's chairman, president, and CEO is the company's second-largest shareholder.

Jon R. Moeller

With more than 129,000 shares held, Jon Moeller is the largest shareholder of direct stock in the company. He joined P&G in 1988 as a cost analyst and has been the company’s chief financial officer (CFO) since 2009. He is also chief operating officer (COO) and the company's vice chairman. Before his current position, Moeller worked in almost every aspect of P&G, with extensive experience in the China market and its global beauty care division. He has overseen the divestitures of Folgers, the company’s pharmaceutical operation, and the $12.5 billion merger of Coty (COTY).

David Taylor

David Taylor became the third chief executive officer (CEO) of P&G in three years on Nov. 1, 2015, and was named chairman of the board on July 1, 2016. Widely considered a dark horse to take over the company's leadership after A.G. Lafley’s departure, Taylor became the clear front-runner after being handed the reins of the global beauty division earlier in the year. Taylor’s unique career path to CEO began in 1980 after receiving a degree from Duke University in electrical engineering. He began as a plant manager and moved his way up, holding many senior executive positions within the company.

David Taylor became P&G's third CEO in three years in November 2015.

Taylor insists that under his leadership, P&G’s drought of creating innovative products will end. He is reorganizing the company’s research and development (R&D) functions and empowering product category leaders who he feels are better positioned to react to market changes than top-level executives. Taylor owns more than 110,000 company shares directly.

Mary Lynn Ferguson-McHugh

After graduating from Wharton's MBA program in 1986, Ferguson-McHugh joined P&G and was appointed CEO of Family Care and P&G Ventures. She holds 42,748 shares of the company directly and almost another 28,491 shares indirectly through trusteeships and family holdings.

Scott D. Cook

Scott D. Cook is chairman of the executive committee of Intuit, a company he co-founded in 1983. Cook graduated from Harvard with an MBA and also has an undergraduate degree in economics and math from the University of Southern California.

Cook has been a member of the board of P&G since September 2000. Cook holds a total of 36,409 shares directly and another 32,656 through trusteeships and family holdings.

W. James McNerney, Jr.

W. James McNerney, Jr. is a member of the company's board of directors and owns a total of 33,545 shares in P&G directly. He began his business career at the company in the mid-1970s, where he spent roughly three years in brand management.

He has held positions in many other companies including General Electric and 3M. McNerney was hired by Boeing in 2005 as chairman, president, and CEO. He left Boeing in 2016.