Robert Smelick

Ciocca Visiting Professorship in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, 2014 Visiting Faculty, 2011 Robert A. Fox Executive-in-Residence

Managing Partner and CEO, Headland Ventures, San Francisco, Calif.

Adjunct faculty at the Darden School of Business, University of Virginia. Visiting lecturer at University of Washington; Harvard University; Georgetown University; the University of San Francisco; Duke University; and the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill.

Served on the boards of several private and public companies, including Kaiser Steel, Willamette Industries, King Broadcasting and The Wine Group (one of the world’s largest wine companies).

Workshops Taught

Leadership Series


MBA, Harvard Business School

B.A, Economics, Stanford University

Fast Facts

  • More than 30 years of experience as an investment banker: managing principal of his own firm, Sterling Payot Company; managing director of First Boston and head of its West Coast Investment Banking Group; partner at Kidder, Peabody & Co, New York and San Francisco
  • His personal relationships have allowed him to conduct candid, unscripted video interviews with more than 100 executives of important growth companies in a wide variety of industries