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For over 25 years as an executive, entrepreneur, investor, board member and consultant, Robert has served numerous organizations in a leadership capacity, always seeking better ways to do things.  In the mid-1990s, he was a consultant at McKinsey & Company (where, among other things, he helped develop the innovative concept, principles and action steps of "CRM" — a business practice new to the world, and a name Robert coined), and was president of TapeLicator, Inc. (maker of a patented one-handed tape applicator).  In 1999, Robert pioneered the online HR services industry by founding iWorkwell, Inc. — the quality leader in HR information, guidance & tools — which he led as President for 17 years.  He is now a professional angel investor and advisor, and currently serves on Keiretsu Capital's 5-person Investment Screening Committee for Co-Investment Fund IV and in its "Senior Advisor Network."

A graduate of Harvard University, where he received the Harvard College Scholarship "in recognition of academic achievement of high distinction," Robert earned his Ph.D. at Balliol College, Oxford University; his doctoral thesis was titled "Managing Corporate Transformations: Lessons From a Cross-Case Analysis of Empirical Studies."  During his doctoral research and consulting work at McKinsey, he conducted detailed studies of companies in different industries:  media, consumer products, financial services, insurance, energy and health care.

An innovator & thought leader with deep expertise — in leadership/management, boards, productivity, internal company development, change management, and HR;  in design & marketing, sales, and strategic alliances;  as well as in software-related products, Internet-based services, and business strategy — Robert brings both academic rigor and practical experience to the world's largest multi-national corporations as well as to the smallest private firms.

Robert has been publicly recognized as:

"A terrific entrepreneur and leader" … "A pioneer and visionary" … "A forward-thinking strategist" ... "Exceptional" with a "truly distinctive…ability to think deeply about strategy, business processes and enabling technologies" … "A brilliant marketer" … and "A real delight to work with."

Having grown up in Palo Alto and Boston, Robert has lived and worked in Tokyo, Honolulu, London, New York City and San Francisco; he now resides in Philadelphia with his wife, their dog and two daughters.