Robert Long

Global Vice President, Research and Development

Robert Long

Robert Long is the Global Vice President, Research and Development (R&D) for The Coca-Cola Company. In this role, Robert creates strategy and capability to deliver technical innovation to support the global business.

Robert joined The Coca-Cola Company in April 2004 as Vice President, Global Packaging Platforms, and he played a key role in the development of contour aluminum bottles and new sustainable packaging.  In 2007, he spent nine months establishing Global Category R&D roles to partner with Global Marketing in pipeline development. In October 2007, he moved to Tokyo to lead R&D for Japan, a position he held until coming to Coca-Cola North America in August 2010 to lead R&D. In 2012, he also assumed North America responsibility for Technical Governance (Quality, Environment, Safety and Scientific & Regulatory Affairs).

Robert began his professional career at Procter & Gamble (P&G) in technical roles in Laundry and Cleaning Products Research & Development, focusing on detergent process and formulation. This included a five year assignment leading Cleaning Products R&D for South America, based in Caracas, Venezula. After this role, he became Associate Director Cosmetics R&D (Cover Girl & Max Factor), located in Baltimore, Maryland. Robert later returned to P&G headquarters in Cincinnati, joining the Paper Division as an Associate Director for R&D Operations. This led to him being appointed an R&D Director in Paper Product Development, which included a three year assignment leading Fem Care R&D for Europe, Middle East, and Africa, based in Frankfurt Germany. After this assignment, Robert returned to Cincinnati as the R&D Director for Folgers Coffee.

Robert attended Princeton University, graduating with a Chemical Engineering degree. He obtained an MBA in Finance from Xavier University of Ohio. Robert grew up in Washington, DC and graduated from Woodberry Forest High School in Virginia. He is currently on the Board of Trustees for Woodberry Forest School.