Founder and President
Bob Goldsmith founded the predecessor to Northern Edge in 2006, developing its unique advisory model, building a talented team of experienced professionals and establishing offices across North America.
Bob brings thirty years of business ownership and management experience to his role and focuses on the development of new client relationships, advising private business owners in their evaluation of alternatives, engagement with the broader business community and nurturing the core values and culture of Northern Edge.
Previously, Bob enjoyed a successful international business career as an entrepreneur and senior executive across a range of industries and geographies. He spent nine years as a Country Manager and then senior staff member in the Corporate Strategy & Investment Unit at Continental Grain Company, a global investor, owner and operator of food, agribusiness, bioscience and commodity companies, in their Geneva, Bucharest and New York City offices.
He subsequently served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Elie Tahari, a luxury apparel manufacturing company with annual revenues over $300 million, where he managed operations and played a central role in developing and executing the company’s brand strategy shift including its significant expansion into retail. Bob began his career at the Council on Foreign Relations focusing on international intelligence, trade, and security issues for the now former Chairman of the National Intelligence Council.
In addition to his leadership responsibilities at Northern Edge, Bob dedicates significant time towards sharing his comprehensive insights obtained over the past fifteen years on the dynamics in the M&A market for private companies and advising entrepreneurs and families on their strategic and financial options. He is a sought-after speaker on the important issues facing private business owners, and he is a published author and contributor to major publications.