David Whitt, Director of Engineering - Surface
When I first met Rob, he was PM of a different product, but had drawings of some of the product I was working on spread out on his desk with questions and notes and corrections on them. He wanted to be sure that his product and mine would work well together not only from a timeline standpoint, but also from design and manufacturing standpoint. He wanted to know that I had done my homework, and was not just going to ask, he was going to challenge to ensure it.
Since then I've had the pleasure of shipping many products with Rob. Rob is passionate about delivering the right product, on time, under budget and often with a few extra enhancements thrown in for good measure.
He also does a great job developing cross-functional relationships with both his development team and also his supply partners. He makes sure to collect input from all the team members and then navigates thru the variables to a solution that makes the most sense. Doing so, Rob has earned tremendous respect from both internal and external partners, which he uses quite effectively to deliver great products.
Rob also has very strong portfolio and future product skills. Planning for future products and the impacts of today’s decisions on tomorrow’s product line up are a part of his thought process when bringing a product feature set into being.
It has been a pleasure working with Rob. I highly recommend him for any product development leadership or management role you may be considering for him.