Robert J. Herbold, retired executive vice president and chief operating
officer of Microsoft Corporation, is the Managing Director of Herbold
Group, LLC, a consulting business focused on profitability. Herbold serves on the Board of Directors of Weyerhaeuser Corporation, Agilent
Technologies, First Mutual Bank, and Cintas Corporation. Also, in 2002
he was appointed by President Bush to the President's Council of
Advisors on Science and Technology.
Herbold joined Microsoft in November 1994 as executive vice president
and chief operating officer, retiring in spring, 2001. From then until June, 2003 Herbold worked part time for Microsoft as Executive Vice
President assisting in the government, industry, and customer areas. Prior to joining Microsoft, Herbold spent 26 years at The Procter & Gamble Company. In his last 5 years with P&G, he served as senior vice
president of marketing.
Herbold authored an article in the January, 2002 issue of the Harvard Business Review entitled "Inside Microsoft: Balancing Discipline and Creativity", which discusses how companies can improve their profitability and agility. Also, he recently authored a book (published by Doubleday) titled The Fiefdom Syndrome which focuses on the turf battles that undermine careers and companies - and how to overcome them.
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 University.