Robert J Miller has extensive experience as a Legal Corporate Executive leading a 150+ lawyer department at a Fortune 50 company and as a hands-on lawyer doing deals varying in size from $1 million to $55 billion. Miller was a valued counselor to senior management . He has led legal teams of in-house and law firm lawyers in the US and across the world with a significant focus in Asia. His 37 years of experience include a 30 year career at Procter & Gamble and a seven year career as a Partner and Of Counsel with Jones Day. He is a strong, principled, proactive leader.
While with Procter & Gamble he progressed through several positions of increasing responsibilities culminating in a six year stint as Vice President General Counsel-Global Legal. During this period he led Procter’s legal work to purchase Gillette and the extensive efforts to integrate the legal teams and entities. He lead joint venture negotiations with Sanofi-Aventis and major outsourcing arrangements with HP, IBM and Jones Lang Lasalle. He led efforts to resolve of defend successfully major competitive disputes and insurance recovery claims.
Prior to this assignment he served for five years as Vice President General Counsel and Public Affairs-AsIa living in Japan and working extensively in China and across Southeast Asia and India. He established several joint ventures and wholly foreign owned entities in the PRC and helped secure Government approval. Robert led the negotiations to purchase Hutchison Whampoa China’s interest in their Chinese partnerships with P&G. He also purchased and divested businesses in the US, Korea, Taiwan, India and brands in Japan, the US and globally.
While at Jones Day he represented clients in the consumer products, healthcare, retail, industrial materials and pharmaceutical sectors. This work included transactions, corporate governance and reorganizations, and litigation in the US, UK, India and China. He served as a Director of the Columbus Council on World Affairs.
After leaving full time legal practice he has continued to help select clients and has focused on teaching law students and MBA students. He is an Adjunct Professor at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and at University of Cincinnati Lindner College of Business. His teaching has focused on doing business in China and on getting graduating students ready for work by developing pragmatic skills. He also sponsors a speaker series at the Moritz College of Law bringing leading Restructuring lawyers to campus.