Robert J. Harig is an experienced strategy and human capital leader with a demonstrated ability to identify opportunities and lead execution on initiatives that create transformation and contribute to corporate growth. He is a senior executive with significant leadership and operating experience, combined with a high energy level and keen interpersonal skills that enable him to gain executive and board level support for strategic approaches in addressing corporate imperatives.
Rob is the Principal of St. John & Company, a human capital business that provides guidance on all facets of corporate human resources functions, emphasizing alignment of structure and actions for measurable business outcomes that advance a company’s strategic positioning. His broad perspective enables executive leadership teams to develop actionable performance objectives that leverage internal synergies and support market growth.
Throughout a long career in the hospitality industry, Rob has held significant positions with a number of companies, serving as the top human resources officer in charge of all aspects of the function including executive coaching and compensation strategies, field management recruiting, training and development, benefits programs, and human resource metrics. Through Rob’s focus on “inside-out leadership” and strategic human resource management, he has delivered results with many work process change initiatives that have enhanced staffing, retention, training, and execution. His focus on the identification and maintenance of organizational culture, values, and underlying assumptions has led to changes in underperforming cultures and has measurably aligned associates with company mission and strategy.
Specifically, Rob has served as Senior Vice President of Human Resources for Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc.; Metro Media Restaurant Group (Steak & Ale, Bennigan’s, Ponderosa Steakhouse, Bonanza Steakhouse); TGI Friday’s; and Chuck E. Cheese’s.
Rob is a distinguished graduate of The Citadel. Following graduation, he served in the
United States Air Force in Washington D.C., both as a U.S. Air Force Honor Guard and at the White House.