Rob graduated from the Technical University of Delft (Chemical Engineering) and has worked with Royal DSM for 37 years.
He has been involved in setting up/or running three Joint Ventures with Japanese companies.
Experience was gathered in Thermoplastic materials (films, fibers, reinforced compounds) as well as in Thermoset materials (paints, inks and reinforced composites).
Through the years he brought several new products from the R&D stage to the market; examples are Dyneema (superstrong fiber), Solufill (a film for micro-electronics) and Melapur (environmentally friendly flame retardant. As Global General manager of Stanyl (heat resistant engineering plastic) he led that business to positive cashflow. The last 10 years of his career he held the position of VP Open Innovation of DSM, creating the Corporate Venturing arm of DSM, interacting with Start-up companies, Venture Capital Funds and Public Private Partnerships all over the world.