Rob is Vice President of Packaging Research & Development, serving in this role since August 2015. In his position, Rob is responsible for directing all aspects of package innovation, commercialization, and cost reduction including new technology development for package systems and materials. Previously, he served for over 9 years as Vice President of Packaging & Systems Optimization at ConAgra Foods in Omaha, Nebraska. Rob’s prior roles included, Director of Package Development & Innovation for PepsiCo Beverages and Foods and Tropicana for 13 years. Prior to joining Tropicana, Rob was with Gerber Products Company for nearly six years in various package, process and product development roles, and has previously worked for Michigan Fruit Canners, Metal Box and International Paper Company in engineering, operations, & product development roles.
Rob received both his Bachelor of Science degrees in Food Science and Packaging from Michigan State University. Rob is a member of IOPP, MSU School of Packaging Advisory Board, SPC, APR, and International Society of Beverage Technologies. He serves as a Vice Chair on the MSU School of Packaging Advisory Board, supports IOPP’s Executive Board and acts as an Industry Representative for APR’s Rigids Technical Committee.