Kimberly-Clark Corporation has announced the appointment of Robert Long to the newly created position of chief research and development officer, effective 15 March 2021.
He will be responsible for the company's research, development, innovation, and quality functions and report to chairman and CEO Mike Hsu.
A Seasoned Professional
Long is a seasoned professional with four decades of experience in research and development, quality, and innovation leadership within the consumer products goods industry.
He joins Kimberly-Clark after a 17-year tenure with Coca-Cola that included senior leadership roles across countries and sectors.
In 2016, he assumed the role of Coca-Cola's senior vice president for global R&D and chief innovation officer.
A 'Highly-Regarded Leader'
Commenting on his appointment, Hsu said," Robert is a proven and highly-regarded leader whose experience will accelerate our growth through innovation that addresses the opportunities to elevate our brands and expand our markets.
"I am confident he will drive new levels of scale, value, and overall organisational excellence while further raising our high expectations for product quality and performance."
Long's experience also includes 25 years at Procter & Gamble, where he led research and development for feminine care in multiple markets as well as detergents, cosmetics and coffee, Kimberly-Clark added.