Mr. Robert Hiley is a seasoned executive and 30-year veteran of the footwear industry. Robert is a passionate shoemaker and product expert and has provided his expertise to many footwear brands and companies around the globe.
Robert recently established his own management and supply chain consultancy company called Sourcing and Supply Chain Solutions, specializing in the footwear sector, providing advice on product, marketing, supply chain, sourcing strategies and manufacturing. Robert’s clients include some of the world’s largest shoe manufacturing companies and leading footwear brands.
Prior to this Robert worked for VF Corporation, which is one of the largest footwear and apparel companies in the world, where he was employed for 10 years. Robert’s role at VF was Vice President of Product Supply for Timberland footwear, where he oversaw the development and manufacture of 25 million pairs of shoes per annum.
Robert has a passion for building a responsible, sustainable and optimized supply chain in an ethical manner and he has been a strong advocate for driving and improving Corporate Social Responsibility within the industry.
One of Robert’s major achievements has been to pioneer and support the development of the Bangladesh footwear industry. This involved building world class manufacturing facilities capable of producing 5M pairs of high grade footwear for Timberland
Robert originates from the United Kingdom where he studied Footwear Manufacturing and Management.