Robert Schult joined Claremont Graduate University’s Board of Trustees in 2011. In that role, he has served as chair of the board’s Business and Finance Committee and on the Academic Affairs, Facilities, IT, and Executive committees. Schult served as interim president of Claremont Graduate University from July 2015 to December 2016 before returning to the board.
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 such brands 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, and as chairman and CEO of Novopoint Inc., a startup supply chain management company for the food and beverage industry. He has served on the advisory board for UCLA’s Anderson School of Business and on the board of directors of the Times-Mirror Company, then the owner of the Los Angeles Times.
A New York native, Schult holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of North Carolina. He is married to Jane Hackney Schult. They have a son and a daughter.