Title: Retired Chief Executive Officer, President
Company: RayChem Corporation
Location: Palo Alto, California, United States
Robert Saldich, Retired Chief Executive Officer and President of RayChem Corporation, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership.
Mr. Saldich succeeded the founder of Raychem Corporation in Menlo Park, California, a materials science company, as chief executive officer in 1990 and served until his retirement in 1995. After 12 years with the company, in 1986 Mr. Saldich moved his family to Europe and initiated Raychem’s international business. Under his leadership the company subsequently grew to a Fortune 500 company with locations worldwide. More than 50% of their business was outside the U.S. and their listing was in the Fortune 200’s by the time he retired. He had raised the value of the Raychem Corporation by 50% in the five years of his leadership.
He joined Raychem in 1964 because he was looking for a manufacturing organization with an innovative leader and he found it in Paul Cook. He subsequently served in various capacities, as senior vice president of the energy division from 1988 to 1990; president of Raynet, a fiber to the home subsidiary, from 1987 to 1988; and shared the office of the president from 1983 to 1987. His initial roles, earlier in his career with the company, were as a general manager with finance and personnel management responsibilities.
Before his tenure with Raychem Corporation, Mr. Saldich was recruited out of Harvard Business School in 1961 as assistant to the president of Kaiser Aluminum & Chemical Company in Oakland, California. At Harvard, he was a research assistant to the legendary professor Gen. George Doriot, the founder of the first American venture capital firm, American Research and Development Corporation. He was selected as a Baker scholar, one of the top 5% of the students in his class.
He began his educational career at Rice University in Houston, Texas, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering in 1956 and went to work as a manufacturing manager for the Procter & Gamble Manufacturing Company from 1956 to 1959. Returning to school in Boston, he graduated with a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School in 1961, where he later served two terms on their visiting committee.
Mr. Saldich was very active in the business community of Silicon Valley, where he was national chair of the American Electronics Association, a role he considered among the highlights of his life; chair and longtime board member the Commonwealth Club of California; the Silicon Valley chapter of the National Conference for Community and Justice; director of the Bay Area Council for the California Business Roundtable; and a member of the San Francisco Committee on Foreign Relations. Continuing his commitment to education, he served on the visiting committee of the Harvard Business School; the visiting committee of the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University; and was on the advisory committee for California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California.
As a testament to his outstanding undertakings prior to his passing in 2017, Mr. Saldsich had been selected for inclusion in the first edition of Who’s Who in America Student Version, the 27th edition of Who’s Who in Finance and Industry, and multiple volumes of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering and Who’s Who in the West. Featured in Business People for his outstanding accomplishments, he attributed his success to his integrity and humanity.
His inspiration came from his uncle, Philip Kasakove, a successful New York lawyer and real estate investor, and principally from his mentor, Harvard Business School professor and entrepreneur, Gen. Georges Doriot. After he obtained his Master of Business Administration he refused an offer from Jock Whitney to head J.H. Whitney & Company, now J.H. Whitney Capital Partners, LLC, and relocated to California, where he cemented his own legacy with Raychem Corporation. In his passing, Mr. Saldich is survived by his wife, Virginia, his son, Alan, and four devoted step-children. Together he and Virginia have 12 grandchildren.
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