Bob Herbold

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Bob Herbold
Born (1942-07-24) July 24, 1942 (age 73)
Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Residence Bellevue, Washington
Nationality American
Alma mater University of Cincinnati & Case Western Reserve University
Spouse(s) Patricia L. Herbold
Children 3

Robert J. "Bob" Herbold, retired executive vice president and chief operating officer (COO) of Microsoft Corporation, is the Managing Director of The Herbold Group, LLC, a consulting business focused on executive training and profitability.[1]


Herbold received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Cincinnati. He also studied at Case Western Reserve University from which he holds both a master’s degree in mathematics and a Ph.D. in computer science.[1][2]

He spent 26 years at The Procter & Gamble Company. In his last 5 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. He was also responsible for the worldwide information technology and market research organizations.

He joined Microsoft in 1994 as executive vice president and chief operating officer, retiring in 2001. During his tenure in that position, he was responsible for finance, corporate marketing, market research, manufacturing and distribution, information systems, human resources, and public relations. During his 7 years as COO, Microsoft experienced a fourfold increase in revenue and a sevenfold increase in profits. From 2001 to 2003, he worked half-time for Microsoft as Executive Vice President assisting in government, industry, and customer issues.

He is a regular guest commentator and has appeared on CNBC's Sqwak Box, Power Lunch, Kudlow Report and Fox Business Network. “Inside Microsoft: Balancing Discipline and Creativity,” his article on profitability and agility was published in the January 2002 issue of Harvard Business Review.[3] "China vs. America: Which Is the Developing Country?" was published July 9, 2011 in Wall Street Journal.[4]

He sits on several non-profit boards, including The Heritage Foundation and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.[1] He is an adjunct professor in the business school at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, and president of The Herbold Foundation, which provides college scholarships to science and engineering students.

Herbold is married to Patricia L. Herbold, the former United States Ambassador to the Republic of Singapore. They have three grown children.[5]


  • The Fiefdom Syndrome; The Turf Battles that Undermine Careers and Companies – and How to Overcome Them (Random House, 2004)
  • Seduced by Success; How the Best Companies Survive the 9 Traps of Winning (McGraw Hill, 2007)
  • What's Holding You Back: 10 Bold Steps that Define Gutsy Leaders (2011)


  1. ^ a b c Fagan, Patrick F. "Heritage Foundation Board of Trustees". Retrieved 2014-05-04. 
  2. ^ Robert J. Herbold, Discovery Institution, accessed July 21, 2007.
  3. ^ “Inside Microsoft: Balancing Discipline and Creativity”
  4. ^ Herbold, Robert J. (2011-07-09). "“China vs. America: Which Is the Developing Country?”". Retrieved 2014-05-04. 
  5. ^ Robert J. Herbold's faculty bio at National University of Singapore Archived October 18, 2010 at the Wayback Machine

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