Rob is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Kellogg Innovation Network (KIN), a Clinical Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University and a partner at Clareo, a global growth strategy consultancy.
Twelve years ago, with Kellogg Marketing professor Mohan Sawhney, Rob developed the KIN to provide business leaders with an ongoing platform to share challenges and solutions. KIN Global expanded the community to leaders in government, non-profits, academia and the arts. KIN Global provides a platform for connection, discovery and action, setting the stage for serendipitous transdisciplinary collaboration.
Rob's book, co-authored with Michael Lippitz, "Grow From Within: Mastering Corporate Entrepreneurship and Innovation" (McGraw-Hill) provides frameworks and tools for new business design and ongoing internal innovation programs. His work has been featured in several publications, among them MIT Sloan Management Review, strategy+business, The Wall Street Journal, Advertising Age, Business Week, The Financial Times and The New York Times. Rob is also a frequent speaker on innovation, corporate entrepreneurship and global prosperity at events worldwide.
Rob has served as an advisor to NORDEN, the Nordic Innovation Center, Nordic Council of Ministers and on the advisory board of GE’s Innovation Accelerator. He is also an active angel investor in enterprises such as crowdfunding leader Indiegogo, student loan innovator Lumni and healthcare data and analytics providers SA Ignite and ClearCare Online.
Rob received a BA in European and Chinese History and an MS and Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering and Management Science from Northwestern University.