Dr Robert Blackburn is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Chairman of the Executive Board of Hoffmann Group, Munich. In this role, he guides Europe’s leading system partner for quality tools into the digital age while expanding business both nationally and internationally. Robert Blackburn combines global leadership experience with strategic vision and is acknowledged as a pioneer in the field of digitization. Before he took over as Hoffmann’s CEO, he has worked for ten years at BASF SE – lately as President of Supply Chain Operations & Information Services leading the global transformation and digitization of the chemical giant, amongst other responsibilities. Before joining BASF in 2007, he held leadership roles at IBM. Robert Blackburn completed his Bachelor of Science at the Universities of Maryland (USA) and Heidelberg (Germany), and obtained a Master in Management from the University of Virginia (USA), and a doctorate in Economics at the Julius-Maximilians University of Würzburg (Germany).
Robert is both chairman and a member of several supervisory boards and teaches as a lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Germany).