Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Douthit was a member of the 1968 Olympic team that boycotted the summer games. For college, he attended Notre Dame where he completed his undergraduate degree in finance. After graduating from Notre Dame, Randy joined Procter & Gamble where he would remain for 25 years before being recruited by Gillette as President of Gillette North America in 1996. In 1997 after just a year with Gillette he executed the merger between Duracell and Gillette’s battery business. After the Duracell-Gillette merger, Randy was recruited by Disney CEO Michael Eisner to become President of The Walt Disney Company.
While with The Walt Disney Company, he was responsible for serving as the executive producer of “The Singles Ward”, a reality show based in Los Angeles that chronicled a group of eight singles searching for love through dating. As president, Douthit also helped to create and launch ABC’s “Related” which paired celebrities with everyday people to co-create their own shows.
In 2001, Douthit helped deliver Disney’s largest quarterly earnings in the company’s history. After leaving Disney in 2005, Randy went back to being an executive producer, working on such projects as Lifetime Television’s “The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency” and “Cheerleader Nation” which won the 2005 Gracie Allen Award for Outstanding Reality Show. In 2003, he executive-produced a reality show entitled “The Real Gilligan’s Island”, which followed eight of the castaways from the original series.
Douthit has been a member of the board of trustees at Notre Dame since 2002 and is active in many other organizations including American Heart Association, A Better Cincinnati Inc. and the Greater Cincinnati Foundation. He is also on the Advisory Board of Global Green, which works to promote sustainability and find solutions to global warming.
Randy Douthit and his wife Mary have been married for over 30 years and have three children: Ella Grace, Jack and India. He is a member of the Knights of Columbus, the American Marketing Association, American Marketing Association, American chapter of the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, The Marketing Executives Network Inc., and Kappa Kappa Psi.
Douthit is an avid golfer. On February 3, 2011 he launched “Jack Douthit Golf for Charity” to benefit various causes in several U.S. cities each year with a golf outing benefiting those in need.