Robert Schult took office as president of Claremont Graduate University on July 1, 2015. Prior to serving in academia, he spent three decades in the consumer products industry, managing more than 50 leading brands and $8 billion in sales.
Most notably, he served from 1990 to 2000 as president and chief operating officer of Nestlé USA, providing leadership and strategic direction to nearly 20,000 employees and 43 manufacturing facilities.
In the nearly two decades prior, Schult was senior vice president for the Carnation Company, where he managed two of the most profitable operating divisions.
Most recently, he was co-founder and managing director of VMG Partners, a private equity group that helped to build brands such as Timbuk2 bags and accessories and Kind healthy snack company.
He has also served in senior leadership roles at TSG Consumer Partners, a private equity group that worked with leaders of companies such as Vitamin Water, Meguiars Auto Care, and Mauna Loa; and as chairman and CEO of Novopoint Inc., a startup supply chain management company for the food and beverage industry, with Cargill and Crosspoint Ventures as partners.
Schult came to Claremont Graduate University in 2011 as a member of the board of trustees. During his four years in that role, he served as chair of the board’s business and finance committee, and on the academic affairs, facilities, IT, and executive committees.
He served on the advisory board for the Anderson School of Business at the University of California, Los Angeles and on the board of directors of the Times-Mirror Company, the owner of the Los Angeles Times newspaper.
Schult, a native of New York, earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of North Carolina in 1971. He is married to Jane Hackney Schult. They have a son and a daughter.