Scott R. Harris: Executive Search Consultant, North America

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Scott Harris

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, acquisitions, and system-wide process improvements, as well as experience in multiple product categories, distribution channels, and retail formats. He is certified as a Six Sigma Green Belt.

Mr. Harris focuses on conducting searches at the 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. Recent clients include Duke Manufacturing Co., Post Holdings Inc., SunEdison, Tempur+Sealy International, and Watlow Electric Manufacturing Co. His recent nonprofit clients include the Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri, The University of Missouri-St. Louis and Washington University. 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.

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 18.
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