NEW YORK—June 12, 2009
As executive vice president and board member of Koch Industries, Inc., David H. Koch has made a name for himself as a captain of chemical and engineering industries. He is also widely recognized as one of the world’s most generous individuals.
Mr. Koch will be honored for his leadership at the Hospital for Special Surgery’s 26th Annual Tribute Dinner at the Waldorf=Astoria, Monday, June 22, 2009. Tiki Barber, NBC Sports Broadcaster and former running back for the New York Giants, will host the event.
David H. Koch, executive vice president, Koch Industries, Inc., and 2009 HSS Honoree
Recently, Mr. Koch pledged $25 million to Hospital for Special Surgery, the largest gift in the Hospital’s history. The gift is part of the Building on Success campaign. Mr. Koch has a strong personal connection to Hospital for Special Surgery. He was treated at the Hospital for several sports related injuries that he suffered as an athlete in school. In 2004 he joined the hospital’s Board of Trustees.
“David Koch’s commitment to HSS and to health care is extraordinary,” said Louis A. Shapiro, president and chief executive officer of Hospital for Special Surgery. “Due to the efforts of philanthropists like David, HSS continues to achieve and lead in orthopedic care.”
As a member of the Hospital’s Research Committee, Mr. Koch takes an active role in supporting the Hospital’s clinician-scientists in such areas as the development and refinement of implants, as well as the broad base of research conducted in arthritis and autoimmune diseases.
“Our continued focus on research and innovation would not be achievable without the generous support of David Koch and others,” said Thomas P. Sculco, M.D., surgeon-in-chief at Hospital for Special Surgery.
Koch Industries is currently named America’s 2nd largest private company, according to Forbes. The company is involved in refining and chemicals; process and pollution control equipment and technologies; minerals; fertilizers; polymers and fibers; commodity and financial trading and services; and forest and consumer products.
In addition to serving as a leader in business, David H. Koch’s philanthropic efforts are well recognized. His personal experiences with health challenges have lead Mr. Koch to support research and development in various areas of healthcare, ranking him 7th on Condé Nast Portfolio’s 2008 Generosity Index.
Mr. Koch earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Prior to joining Koch Industries in 1970, Mr. Koch worked as a research engineer and process design engineer for Amicon Corporation in Cambridge, Mass.; Arthur D. Little, Inc, also in Cambridge, Mass.; and Halcon International, Inc. and its affiliate, the Scientific Design Company in New York City. He received a presidential appointment in 2004 to the National Cancer Advisory Board of the National Cancer Institute and currently serves on more than 20 non-profit boards.