David van Andel is chairman and CEO of the Van Andel Institute for Education and Medical Research in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is also an entrepreneur involved in several other business interests in the natural and life science products industries.
The son of Jay Van Andel, founder of the Van Andel Institute and co-founder of Amway Corporation, he is currently a member of Amway’s Board of Directors and serves on its executive, governance and audit committees. Prior to leading the Van Andel Institute, he had been in various positions at Amway since 1977 including chief operating officer of Amway’s Pyxis Innovations Business Unit and was senior vice president – Americas and Europe, overseeing the Amway business activities in North America and 22 European and 11 Latin American affiliates.
Van Andel played a prominent role in bringing professional hockey back to Grand Rapids in 1996. He is co-owner and chairman of the Grand Rapids Griffins, an American Hockey League team.
He is active in numerous business, cultural and community organizations including The Right Place Program, the Hope College Board of Trustees and The Economic Club of Grand Rapids.
Van Andel was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He graduated from Hope College in Holland, Michigan, is married and has four children.