Dr. Robert W. Fisher is an innovative, results oriented, technical leader with strong scientific and business experience within the food and agricultural industries. He has a successful track record in creating innovations for customers that has generated growth for businesses within the corporate and nonprofit arenas. Bob has thirty four years of domestic and international experience within consumer goods companies developing science, businesses, people and products.
Currently Bob is an independent consultant to the food and beverage industries. He was Global VP of Technology & Innovation for Molson Coors Brewing Company in Denver, Colorado driving technology strategy development & implementation, open innovation and new product & packaging development. Prior to this position he was President Global Research and Development for Tate & Lyle in Decatur, Illinois building and leading a global R&D team in the U.S., Europe, India and China. His primary accomplishments included building a global technology and innovation team, building value added corn based products, most notably sweetener, starches and soluble corn fiber which is commonly used in many notable food products today. Prior to his current position he was Executive Director of the North American branch of the International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI North America). He worked closely with ILSI North America members, trustees, science advisors, and staff to strengthen the organization’s programs and scientific impact.
He spent four years at John I. Hass, Inc., a privately owned global grower, trader, and processor of hops, where he served as a corporate officer, Senior Vice President of New Business Development and Technology, and President of BetaTec Products, Inc. Previously, he spent 19 years at Campbell Soup Company where he began his career in Product and Technology Development. He ultimately became Vice President of Research and Development for North America and part of the Campbell's senior leadership team. Bob has worked in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, and the United Kingdom building his global perspective.
In addition to his industry experience, he has been a visiting lecturer at Rutgers University, Temple University, Purdue University, The Pennsylvania State University and the University of Maryland where he has spoken on food innovation, food processing and safety. He held an adjunct faculty position at Camden County College, Blackwood, NJ, where he lectured on nutrition. He is a certified Zenger Miller trainer and a trained facilitator in the GE Workout process.
Bob is currently a member of the Sargento Technical Advisory Board, the Advisory Board for Fermentation Science & Technology at Colorado State University, the Technical Advisory Board for Bush Brothers Beans and a professional member of the Institute of Food Technology. He was on the External Research Advisory Board of the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign, the Board of Trustees of ILSI North America, the Board of Biotechnology Industrial Organization (BIO), the Advisory Board for Tate & Lyle Ventures, Botanix, Ltd. (UK), a member of the Rutgers University Food Science Advisory Council, and a member of Sigma Xi.
Fisher received a PhD, MPhil, and MS in Food Science from Rutgers – The State University of New Jersey and a BS in Biology from Ursinus College in Pennsylvania.