March 23, 2010

Robert J. Herbold, Retired Microsoft COO,
Lectures on Global Competitiveness

Planned Events March 25 Include Ceremony Featuring David Wilson
as Inaugural Robert J. Herbold Professor of Biomedical Engineering


Robert J. (Bob) Herbold (GRS '66, '68), retired vice president and chief operating officer of Microsoft Corp. and now the managing director of The Herbold Group, LLC, will visit Case Western Reserve University on March 25 for a series of events, including his lecture on how the United States can become more competitive globally.

Herbold will speak at 5 p.m. on the topic, "Does the U.S. Realize It's in Competition? How America Can Keep Its Edge in the Age of Globalization." This lecture will be held in the Iris S. and Bert L. Wolstein Research Building on the Case Western Reserve campus and is free and open to the public.

Earlier in the day, Herbold's philanthropic support of Case Western Reserve University will be highlighted at a noon ceremony featuring David Wilson as the inaugural Robert J. Herbold Professor of Biomedical Engineering. The ceremony will also be held in the Wolstein Building and is open to the public at no charge.

Herbold has a bachelor of science degree from the University of Cincinnati and both a master's degree in mathematics and a Ph.D. in computer science from Case Western Reserve.

Herbold has authored two books, "The Fiefdom Syndrome" (Random House 2004) and "Seduced by Success: How the Best Companies Survive the 9 Traps of Winning" (McGraw-Hill 2007). The Herbold Group is a consulting business focused on profitability, strategic and operational issues of corporations, non-profits, educational institutions and government bodies.

Herbold is also an operating partner of the private equity firm Thoma Bravo and serves on the board of directors of Agilent Technologies, Indachin Ltd. Hong Kong and Vision Solutions Inc.

He is a member of the board of The Heritage Foundation, Nanyang Technological University and the Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. He is on the Board of Overseers of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, and he is senior executive in residence at INSEAD, one of the world's leading and international graduate business schools.

Herbold joined Microsoft in 1994 as executive vice president and chief operating officer, retiring in 2001. He was responsible for finance, corporate marketing, market research, manufacturing and distribution, information systems, human resources and public relations. During his years with the company, Microsoft experienced a fourfold increase in revenue and a sevenfold increase in profit. From 2001 to 2003, Herbold worked half-time for Microsoft as executive vice president assisting in government, industry, and customer areas. Prior to joining Microsoft, Herbold was part of The Procter & Gamble Company for 26 years. In his last five years with P&G, he served as senior vice president of advertising and information services. In that role, he was responsible for the company's worldwide marketing/brand management operations as well as all marketing related services, such as media and retail promotion programs.

Herbold's experiences at Microsoft and Procter & Gamble were the basis of an article he authored in the January 2002 issue of the "Harvard Business Review" entitled "Inside Microsoft: Balancing Discipline and Creativity." It focused on how companies can improve their profitability and agility.


  • 12 to 1 p.m.-Biomedical Engineering Chair Ceremony/Lecture featuring David Wilson (inaugural chairholder), Iris S. and Bert L. Wolstein Research Building. Wilson is the inventor of cryo-imaging, a biomedical imaging system that delivers incredibly detailed images, making it possible to visualize an entire image in microscopic detail or to pinpoint a single cell.
  • 5 to 6 p.m.-Robert Herbold Lecture, "Does the U.S. Realize It's in Competition? How America Can Keep Its Edge in the Age of Globalization," Iris S. and Bert L. Wolstein Research Building.

For more information contact Marv Kropko, 216.368.6890.

Posted by: Kimyette Finley, March 23, 2010 10:40 AM | News Topics: Alumnet, Alumni, Case School of Engineering, College of Arts and Sciences, Events, Faculty, Lectures/Speakers

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