Bob is a strategy consultant and counselor. On his consulting projects he works closely with leadership teams in the profit and non-profit sectors. In his counseling activities he works one-on-one with individuals both in early stage entrepreneurial assessment and start-up and in mid career.
Harries is on the board of WTS Inc. and an advisor for the Temple Enterprise Management Consulting Center. His previous board positions include Friends of the Wissahickon, International House Philadelphia and Metropolitan Career Center.
He joined FMC Corporation in 1977. There he led a variety of global businesses in specialty and commodity materials. Before his retirement in 2003, Bob was senior vice president and general manager, Industrial Chemicals Group and Shared Services. In this capacity he directed five worldwide businesses which employed over 2000 people and FMC’s corporate strategy, technology, HS&E, purchasing and engineering functions.
From 1970 to 1976, Bob consulted for McKinsey and Company in Melbourne, Sydney and New York. From 1967 to 1970, he was a financial manager with WR Grace and Company, operating from New York then Milan. He received a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard University where he was a Frank Knox and a Fulbright Fellow. He earned a Bachelor in Economics degree with first class honors from the University of Adelaide and was an All Australian amateur footballer.
Bob’s interests include outdoor sports, community welfare and reading. He and his wife, Susie, have two married sons, Garth and Will, and four grandchildren. They live in a carriage house on the edge of Fairmount Park in Chestnut Hill.