Bob was born in Gary, Indiana, and was raised in the Chicago area. In 1975, he graduated from West Point in the top 2% of his class with a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering. After graduation, he served in the U.S. Army as Captain, Infantry, Airborne Ranger, 82nd Airborne Division. While serving in the Army, Bob received an MBA from the University of Utah in 1978. He graduated with honors from Beta Gamma Sigma. Bob joined Procter & Gamble in 1980.