Bob is a seasoned international security executive with 37 years of integrated global risk management experience in three industry vertical sectors (oil & gas, pharmaceuticals, information technology). He has extensive experience building and leading diverse worldwide risk management teams.
Bob spent nearly 20 years with BP/Amoco in the company’s Corporate Security Group. While there, he was selected to lead and develop the Georgian Pipeline Company (GPC) based in Tblisi, Georgia, where he built a company of 100+ international employees. At the same time, he was seconded to the Azerbaijan International Operating Company (AIOC) in Baku, Azerbaijan. He served as the consortium’s Manager of Security and Political Risk. Bob led the strategic development of the Georgian Pipeline Company following the BP/Amoco-led AIOC oil & gas consortium’s decision to construct a second early oil pipeline from the Caspian Sea to the Black Sea. In his leadership capacity, he routinely interacted directly with the former Georgian Head of State, Eduard Shevardnadze. This pipeline route currently exports one million barrels of oil daily to global markets.
From 1999-2007, Bob built and led the Global Security Group at Merck. Merck had not previously invested in a worldwide security/risk management function, so Bob focused on building a strong team of security/risk management professionals capable of supporting the company’s various business segments, global functions and diverse global markets. By the end of Bob’s tenure with Merck, he managed a team of 20 security professionals across four continents. Among the team’s priorities, in addition to managing risks to the company’s people, property/operations and intellectual property, was product security given the growing risks/threats of pharmaceutical product counterfeiting.
From 2007-2017, Bob led the development of Global Security Services at Hewlett Packard. Under his leadership, the global security function grew into a large, one-of-a-kind, diverse and integrated international risk management organization consisting of 200+ security, environment, health & safety, corporate aviation and global resiliency professionals. The integration of these four functional pillars into a harmonized risk management organization was unique among large multi- national companies. Bob consistently delivered cost and worldwide organizational efficiencies while managing a $150M budget.
Bob’s balanced and diverse experience as a global risk management strategist, organizational architect and senior executive within three Fortune 15 multi-national companies has positioned him as a strategic consultative resource and advisor to multi-national companies, business and risk management executives and investors. His core focus is finding relational risk management solutions while aligning both human and capital resources with risk in the contemporary and ever-competitive world of international business.