Professional and Educational Background

Robert "Bob" Wm. Dean

Robert Dean builds and leads organizations to transform businesses on a global basis.  He has specific expertise in technology enabled business transformation, delivering business value from IoT/Industrie 4.0, digitization, business analytics, cloud, and other new technologies. This includes an integrated approach of business process reengineering, organizational change and skill development, and information from technologies to drive change and deliver business value.


Mr. Dean is known as a strong builder and leader of global organizations.  He is a global operational strategy advisor, confidant, and consultant to senior executives and management teams in the technology and manufacturing industries worldwide. He has success leading organization with:


§ Go-to-market strategies and operational approachesbased on the business value of their technology solutions to their target markets.

§ Global business transformationand helping companies operate more effectively on a global basis.


Before joining Cisco Systems as Executive Director of Digital Business Transformation, Mr. Dean was the Vice President, Business Transformation at IBM Global Services and Partner at BearingPoint management consultancy where he was responsible for building and growing the worldwide Manufacturing, Supply Chain Management and IT consulting practices. This included both management consulting and systems integration capabilities across all manufacturing industries worldwide. He also has experience as Managing Director (UK), interim CEO, and senior executive with several world-class IT services, supply chain, sourcing and procurement consultancies. 


With over 25+ years of in-country international experience, Mr. Dean has Ex-Pat experience in the UK (5 years) and The Netherlands (2 years) as well as leading/managing client engagements and consulting services business units globally.

Mr. Dean is also engaged in EU/US economic business development with embassy and consulate relationships in several EU countries and the EU delegation in the US.


Mr. Dean has a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from the University of North Texas with a major area of study in business information systems. He is also a Certified IBM Global Services Business Transformation Consultant having led major business transformations in over 50 client companies across multiple industries around the world. 


He is a former member in the Institute of Directors (UK) and has been a guest lecturer at Henley Management College (UK), Cranfield University (UK), Eindhoven University of Technology (Netherlands).


Mr. Dean is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board of the College of Business at The University of North Texas. 

Industry Associations

  • Mr. Dean is a member of the Dean's Advisory Board at the College of Business at the University of North Texas
  • He is a member of the World Affairs Organization
  • He is a former member of The Institute of Directors (UK)

Publishing Venues

  • The Financial Times
  • Logistics Europe
  • American Shipper Distribution
  • Inbound Logistics
  • Manufacturing Executive Leadership Journal

Speaking Engagements

Mr. Dean has been a guest lecturer at:

  • World Electronics Forum, Angers, France, 2017
  • Texas EU Business Summit, 2016-2017, 2018
  • IBM Institute of Advanced Commerce
  • Henley Management College (UK)
  • Cranfield University (UK)
  • Eindhoven University of Technology (Netherlands)
  • The University of Virginia Darden School of Business (US)
  • Ohio State University (US)
  • Pennsylvania State University (US)

He is an accomplished speaker at several professional conferences each year on topics related to globalization, technology oriented business transformation, manufacturing, supply chain management, logistics, and information technology.


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