Treasurer, Compensation Committee, Investment Committee
Bob was born on June 18, 1953, in Englewood, New Jersey. He attended Georgetown University, graduating with a BSBA in 1975. That same year, he began his career with Price Waterhouse & Co. in its New York office. During his more than 15 years with the firm, he served over 30 clients, including Chemical Bank, Nomura Securities, ADT, Phelps Dodge, Inspiration Resources, Westvaco, Viacom, MTV Networks, Showtime, Merv Griffin Productions, Columbia Pictures, and Group W Broadcasting. He was one of the firm’s industry experts in mining and in entertainment and was made a general partner in 1986.
In 1991, Bob resigned from Price Waterhouse to become Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Sony Music Entertainment, Inc. (SMEI). While CFO, he redesigned and implemented worldwide information and financial systems and instituted strategic planning disciplines. In 1992, he was made Executive Vice President of SMEI and in 1993 was also named Senior Executive Vice President of the company’s largest division, Sony Music International (SMI).
In 1994, Bob was named President of SMI. While its chief operating officer, he led SMI to year-on-year increases in revenue, profits, and market share, taking the division to the #1 market leader position. He saw to the establishment of Celine Dion, Ricky Martin, Mark Anthony, and Shakira as worldwide recording stars, and expanded the reach of the division by opening full-function music companies in Taiwan, the Philippines, India, Indonesia, China, Hungary, and the Czech Republic. In 2000, he was named Chairman of SMI and was also given responsibility over SMEI’s worldwide supply chain (sales, distribution, and manufacturing), human resources, and technology functions. Prior to retiring in 2004, Bob discovered the Jonas Brothers and signed them to their first recording contract. While Chairman of SMI, Bob served as a member of the board of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry.
Bob is a CPA and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New York State Society of CPAs. He is a member of the advisory board of Georgetown University’s Graduate School of Business. In 2000, he was made a Knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre.
Bob has been a volunteer member of the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund Investment Committee since 2007 and its Finance Committee since 2008. In 2009, he was elected to its Board of Directors and was named Treasurer of the Fund.