Robert Rodin

Class of 1977 - 2002 Inductee

Robert Rodin is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of eConnections, the leading provider of extended supply chain intelligence software for the high technology electronics industry.

Previously, Mr. Rodin served for 10 years as CEO and President of Marshall Industries, a global industrial electronics distributor which he sold in 1999. At Marshall Industries, Mr. Rodin engineered the reinvention of the company, turning a conventionally successful $500 million business into a web-enabled $2 billion global competitor. He was the creator of the "World's Number One Business to Business Website" as recognized, 2 years in a row, by Advertising Age Magazine. Information Week Magazine highlighted Marshall Industries as the "World's Number One Company in the Use of Technology", and CIO Magazine recognized Mr. Rodin as one of the "Top 100 Leaders for the New Millennium." The University of California at Los Angeles presented Mr. Rodin with the Information Systems Award for System Leadership. Fast Company Magazine said, "Rodin is not just running a company, he's reinventing an industry."

Mr. Rodin's best selling book, Free, Perfect and Now: Connecting to the Three Insatiable Customer Demands, chronicles the radical transformation of Marshall Industries. The changes he led are now case studies at Harvard Business School, the University of Southern California, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Stanford University. The transformation was also covered by CNN, The Wall Street Journal, Fortune Magazine, and reviewed in several books including The New Economics by W. Edwards Deming and Customer Intimacy by Fred Wiersema.

Mr. Rodin received his Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology from UConn in 1977. In 2000, he received the University of Connecticut Alumni Association's Distinguished Alumni Award. He serves on the Board of Directors of Roxio, Inc., the Advisory Board of Distribution at the University of Southern California, the Board of Directors of CommerceNet, the Board of Directors of RosettaNet, as a Trustee of the W. Edwards Deming Foundation, as CTO of the Los Angeles Chapter of Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and is a member of the Board of Advisors of UConn’s School of Business.

Mr. Rodin lives in Pasadena, California, with his wife, Debbie.