David Glass is the Owner and Chief Executive Officer of the Kansas City Royals and previous CEO of Wal-Mart. In 1993, David was appointed interim chairman and Chief Executive Officer upon the passing of Ewing Kauffman and in April, 2000, his family acquired the Royals organization, where he continues to serve in the same capacity.
During his ownership, David has been an active member of Major League Baseball and serves on several key committees which include the Executive Council of Major League Baseball, MLB.com and Baseball Enterprises. He was elected in July, 2000, to the Board of Directors of the Baseball Hall of Fame where he serves as a member of the Pension Committee. In addition, he was named Chairman of MLB Advanced Media on November 10, 2010.
Prior to acquiring the Royals, Daivd spent 25 years with Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., serving as president and chief executive officer for 12 years and earning the reputation as one of the nation's premier executives. David was credited with leading Wal-Mart through a period of unprecedented growth and becoming the nation's largest retailer with stores, supercenters and Sam's Clubs throughout the United States and internationally.
As a leader in the retail industry, he has been recognized with numerous awards throughout the years and was inducted into the Retail Hall of Fame in August, 2000. He served as a member of the Wal-Mart Board of Directors until 2011.
A native of Mountain View, Mo., David earned a business degree from Missouri State University. Currently, the College of Business is named David D. Glass Hall in honor of his dedication to the university. He and his family continue to support higher education as well as several other charitable interests.
David and his wife, Ruth, are the parents of three children, who also serve on the Royals Board of Directors, and six grandchildren.