ROBERT H. ROCK
Robert “Bob” Rock is President of MLR Holdings LLC, an investment company with holdings in publishing and information businesses, including the journals Directors & Boards and Family Business, the technology industry analyst firms The 451 Group and Tier1 Research, and the Uptime Institute, a data center consulting, research and education firm. He is also Chairman of Metroweek Corp., which publishes Philadelphia’s City Paper.
From 1989 to 2001, Dr. Rock was Chairman and majority owner of Montgomery Newspapers, which published 17 weekly papers in the Philadelphia suburban area, including Main Line Life, The Ambler Gazette and The Times Chronicle, as well as a number of specialty publications, including Philadelphia Golfer, Parents Express, Art Matters, and Bucks County Town & Country Living. In June 2001, Montgomery Newspapers was sold to the Journal Register Co.
From 1991 to 1995, Dr. Rock was Chairman and majority owner of IDD Enterprises, which published magazines and newsletters and provided online data for financial executives. IDD’s publications included Mergers & Acquisitions, Investment Dealers’ Digest, and The IPO Reporter. IDD was sold to Dow Jones & Company in 1995.
Prior to joining MLR in 1988, Dr. Rock was the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Hay Group, a management consulting firm with over 100 offices in 27 countries specializing in compensation, benefits, and human resources consulting.
He received his B.A. (magna cum laude), M.B.A., and D.B.A. degrees from Harvard University. His book publications include: The Chief Executive Officer (Heath 1977), Corporate Restructuring (McGraw-Hill 1991), and The Mergers & Acquisitions Handbook (McGraw-Hill 1993).
Dr. Rock currently serves on two corporate boards: Penn Mutual Life Insurance Co. and Quaker Chemical Corp. He has served on several other boards, including Alberto-Culver Co., Hunt Corp., RP Scherer Corp., and PQ Corp. He serves on several charitable boards, including the Philadelphia Orchestra Association, the Wistar Institute, the Curtis Institute of Music, and the Rock School for Dance Education.
He is a member of the World Presidents Organization (WPO), Chief Executives Organization (CEO), the Union League of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Club, Philadelphia Cricket Club, and Merion Cricket Club.
Bob resides in Gladwyne, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Caro, who is Publisher of Family Business. They have two grown sons.