Robert Knight brings 25 years of board, CEO, and international business leadership experience in the UK, Germany, and Asia to DHR’s Board & CEO Practice. Prior to joining DHR International, Robert served as the APAC Regional Practice Managing Partner at Heidrick & Struggles.
Previously, Robert was chairman and non-executive director on four Asian boards with Aviva, Britain’s largest insurance group. Also, during this time he was chairman of Vietnam Pioneer Partners a Saigon based investment fund partnered with the World Bank, a senior management advisor to Ernst & Young, and chief executive of the Hong Kong Rugby Union.
The bulk of his career, however, was spent with Standard Life Plc where he spent 11 years as APAC regional manager & CEO of Standard Life (Asia) Ltd. He was responsible for establishing their joint venture company, Hengan Standard Life in Tianjin, China and the new life company Standard Life Asia in Hong Kong.
During this period, Robert also attended Premier Zhu Ronji’s state pension’s advisory panel for the Leoling Project and in 2004, presented a paper to Harvard Business School on Chinese State Pension Reform. Robert studied biochemistry at Aston University, Birmingham, England and started his career with Merrill Lynch Germany in 1976.