Robert J Kumpf is a Chemicals and Specialty Materials executive with 27 years of experience across multiple geographies and functions with career themes in four areas: innovation leadership and innovation processes, corporate change initiatives, start-up company growth/funding, and Open Innovation. Most of his career was spent at Bayer MaterialScience, now Covestro, where he served as the VP of Plastics Technology, VP of Future Business in the Americas, and CAO. In the past 10 years, Bob has served as the COO at Plextronics, the CTO of Elevance Renewable Sciences, and has spent time in the increasingly important world of science-based, entrepreneurial start-up companies.
Throughout his career, Bob has remained engaged in the world of public / private / academic partnerships, having served on Boards-of-Director of the Industrial Research Institute, the PA Ben Franklin Technology Development Authority, and the PA Nanomaterials Center. He continues to serve as a member of the Penn State Material Science External Advisory Board.
Bob recently joined Deloitte Consulting, Strategy and Operations practice where he serves clients in the Chemicals and Specialty Materials sector and more broadly in Manufacturing with a focus on Strategy, Innovation, and leading company Transformations.
Dr. Robert J. Kumpf received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Materials Science from Penn State University and completed the Oxford University Business Economics Program.