Scott R. Harris: Executive Search Consultant, North America

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Scott R. Harris

St. Louis | North America


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

Scott Harris joined the firm in 1999 and was promoted to managing director 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. Clients include large and mid-cap companies (e.g. Post Holdings) to smaller sized companies (e.g. Duke Manufacturing Inc.), as well as large non-profits (e.g. St. Louis Symphony) to smaller non-profits (e.g. Make-A-Wish Foundation of Missouri). 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. He currently serves on the Leadership Council of Trailnet, and 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 is also serving a 3rd term as an Alderman for the City of Clayton, Missouri. They have a daughter and a son, ages 21 and 18. < Read less