Kimberly-Clark Names Chief Research and Development Officer

March 9, 2021

Kimberly-Clark Corp., parent company of Kimberly-Clark Professional, has appointed Robert Long to the newly created position of chief research and development officer, effective March 15.

Long joins Kimberly-Clark from The Coca-Cola Co., where he held a variety of senior leadership roles throughout his 17-year career. Most recently, Long served as chief innovation officer and senior vice president for global research and development. Prior to joining Coca-Cola, Long spent 25 years working on research and development with Procter & Gamble. In his new role with Kimberly-Clark, Long will oversee the company’s international research, development, innovation, and quality efforts.

“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,” said Mike Hsu, Kimberly-Clark CEO. “I am confident he will drive new levels of scale, value, and overall organizational excellence while further raising our high expectations for product quality and performance.”

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Kimberly-Clark Professional offers an array of hand hygiene and contamination-control products. Located in Roswell, Georgia, Kimberly-Clark Professional is one of Kimberly-Clark Corp.’s four business sectors. For more information, visit