Scott R. Harris: Executive Search Consultant, North America

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St. Louis | North America


Scott Harris joined the firm in 1999 and was promoted to managing partner of the St. Louis office in 2005. Read more >

Scott Harris joined the firm in 1999 and was promoted to managing partner of the St. Louis office in 2005.

Mr. Harris’s extensive search experience coupled with his background in significant corporate roles equips him to provide clients valuable counsel from a senior management perspective. He received a B.A. from Brown University and an M.B.A. from the University of Virginia.

Prior to joining DHR, Mr. Harris was a division president at Ralston Purina Company (now Nestlé Purina) where he held increasingly important assignments over 20 years. His diverse background includes experience in turnarounds, start-ups, and acquisitions. He is certified as a Six Sigma Green Belt.

Mr. Harris focuses on conducting searches at the board level, C-level and vice president/director level across all functional disciplines and industries. He is an active member of numerous practice groups at DHR, including the Board & CEO Practice Group and the Non-Profit Practice Group. Although he spends the majority of his time working on North American searches, for several years he has been the #1 consultant collaborating with DHR’s 20+ international offices.

Recent for profit clients (multiple positions) include Post Holdings Inc., Duke Manufacturing Inc., and Tempur+Sealy Inc.   Recent President/CEO placements in the non-profit sector include the Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri, Grand Center Inc., and Paraquad Inc.

Mr. Harris was born in Boston and raised in St. Louis. He has had active leadership roles in a number of professional and charitable organizations over the years, and he recently completed a third term on the John Burroughs School Board of Trustees. His wife, Michelle, is a business strategy consultant for Strategy Finder LLC and has served three terms as an Alderman for the City of Clayton, Missouri. They have a daughter and a son, ages 21 and 19.
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