Beginning as a research engineer for Dupont in 1987, Dr. Kirkwood has grown to become an expert in the textile industry. Over his career he has held a variety of positions with responsibilities ranging from corporate strategic planning; to new product develop; to operations cost and productivity improvement. Since the formation of INVISTA in 2004, Bob has led the Research and Development Team for the Global Apparel Business and in December 2011 added leadership of the Global Apparel Marketing capability. Bob is responsible for a research and development team comprising five global research labs and a portfolio of leading brands. He holds a Ph.D. in Chemical engineering from the University of Massachusetts and a Bachelor of Science from Lehigh University.