David Perdue is a successful business leader who helped grow some of America’s most recognizable companies including Sara Lee, Haggar, and Reebok. As a Fortune 500 CEO, David oversaw the impressive expansion of Dollar General to 8500 stores nationwide and created thousands of quality jobs. During his career, he gained a firsthand understanding of the global economy and the impact government policies have on businesses. David has lived and worked in Europe, Asia, and throughout the United States, but he always relied on the values he learned from his Middle Georgia upbringing.
Perdue was born in Macon, Georgia and raised in Warner Robins, the son of two educators. His father eventually became the well-respected superintendent of Houston County Schools. David was expected to lead by example, which meant hard work in the classroom during the school year and hard work in the fields of family farms during the summer. After high school, he worked his way through Georgia Tech while earning an engineering degree and a master’s degree. Perdue then began a professional career that took him around the globe and to the helm of major corporations.
David Perdue proved himself in international business and has happily settled back in his beloved Georgia. He currently sits on the Board of Directors of five major companies and is active in Perdue Partners, a Georgia-based global trading company that he co-founded. Perdue recently served as an appointee to the Georgia Ports Authority and is a Trustee of the Georgia Tech Foundation. David and his wife Bonnie, whom he met in first grade, have been married for over forty years, and they have two sons and two grandsons. David and Bonnie attend Wesley United Methodist Church in St. Simons.