Scott Harris serves as managing partner of the St. Louis office. Scott joined the firm in 1999 and was named managing partner of the St. Louis office in 2005. His 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, Scott was a Division President at Ralston Purina Company (now Nestlé Purina) where he held increasingly important assignments over 15 years. His diverse background includes experience in turnarounds, start-ups, and acquisitions.
He is a Six Sigma Green Belt. Scott focuses on conducting searches at the Board level, C-level and Vice President/Director level across most 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 most 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 President/CEO placements include E.C. Barton & Co., Grand Center Inc., St. Louis Area Food Bank, and Mathews-Dickey Boys’ and Girls’ Club. Recent for-profit clients (multiple positions) include Duke Manufacturing Inc., Post Holdings Inc., and Tempur+Sealy Inc. Scott was born in Boston and raised in St. Louis. He has had active leadership roles in many professional and charitable organizations over the years.
He recently completed a third term on the John Burroughs School Board of Trustees, is a former Board Member and Alumni Association President for Community School, and serves on the Leadership Counsel of Trailnet. His wife, Michelle, is a business strategy consultant for Strategy Finder LLC and is serving a fourth term as an Alderman for the City of Clayton, MO. They have a daughter and a son.