Robert Holland (executive)
Life and career
Holland was an Associate and Partner with McKinsey & Company, Inc. from 1968 to 1981, then Chairman and CEO of Rokher-J Inc. from 1981 to 1984. After serving as Chairman and CEO of City Marketing from 1984 to 1987 and Chairman of Gilreath Manufacturing, Inc. from 1987 to 1991, he returned to Rokher-J Inc. as Chairman and CEO from 1991 to 1995. He then took the position at Ben & Jerry's, resigning after 20 months after philosophical differences with founder Ben Cohen.
He was Chief Executive Officer of office furniture dealer WorkPlace Integrators from 1997 until 2001. From 2001 to 2009, he maintained a consulting practice for strategic development assistance to senior management of Fortune 500 companies. Since 2009 he has been a Managing Director and Advisory Board Member of Essex Lake Group, P.C., a strategy and management consulting firm.
He has served on the boards of directors for Carver Bank Corp., Lexmark International, Inc., Neptune Orient Lines, YUM Brands, and on the Advisory Board of PepsiCo. He founded the Make-A-Difference Dropout Prevention Program in Detroit, Michigan.
- Shao, Maria (March 1, 1995). A scoopful of credentials CEO Holland brings an activist's blend to Ben & Jerry's. Boston Globe
- Mason-Draffen, Carrie (September 28, 1996). Ben & Jerry's president to quit after 20 months in the position. Los Angeles Times
- Horovitz, Bruce (January 3, 1997). Hiring a top gun Ben & Jerry's CEO must expand reach. USA Today
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