HOUSTON – The Greater Houston Partnership (GHP) today announced that Robert W. (Bob) Harvey has been appointed as its new CEO. Harvey, 57, a native Houstonian, has served since 2005 as President of RWH Ventures, LLC, a Houston-based venture capital firm. He has also served in several community leadership roles since 2005, most notably as Board Chair of the United Way of Greater Houston. Bob’s service to the United Way earned him the Kneebone Volunteer of the Year Award in 2010. Prior to his role at RWH Ventures, Harvey served as Vice Chairman and Executive Vice President at Reliant Energy, with oversight of the company’s Wholesale and Retail Divisions.
“As a native Houstonian, I have watched Houston’s remarkable growth and transformation through the years. The Greater Houston Partnership, throughout its history, has played a pivotal role in Houston’s growth and change,” said Harvey. “It is an honor to now have the opportunity to lead this great organization. I look forward to working with its dedicated employees, its members and key business leaders and elected officials throughout the Houston region.”
Harvey has a broad background in strategic management and consulting. Prior to joining Reliant Energy, he spent 17 years at McKinsey and Company, a global management consulting firm. In his role at McKinsey, Harvey worked with Fortune 500 clients in the areas of strategy, organization and corporate governance.
“The Partnership will benefit from Bob’s strong business background and his years of dedicated service to Houston’s non-profit community,” said Tony Chase, Chairman of the Greater Houston Partnership.
“GHP is smart enough to recognize the region’s problems and we are not afraid to be part of the conversation that must take place to solve those problems. Houston is a great region: an economic powerhouse, a cultural center and a national and global trend-setter. Today we have a new leader at the Partnership. I look forward to working with Bob,” added Chase.
“I congratulate Bob on his appointment. As a member of the task force that was involved in the CEO search process, I echo Chairman Chase’s comments in noting that Bob is well-suited to serve as GHP’s CEO,” said Paul W. Hobby.
“Like Bob, I am also a native Houstonian and I am deeply rooted and invested in what happens in the region, as is my family. The Partnership’s rich history is part of the very fabric that makes Houston the great city that is today. I have come to know the Partnership as a strong leader that has helped the Texas Medical Center, the Port of Houston, the region’s universities and the Houston airport system to ensure continued economic prosperity in the region,” added Hobby.
Harvey holds B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A & M University and an M.B.A from Harvard University. He currently a Lead Director on the Board of TRC Companies, Inc., an engineering and environmental services company. Harvey also serves on the Board of the St. John School.
The Greater Houston Partnership is the primary advocate of Houston’s business community and is dedicated to building regional economic prosperity. It represents 10 counties: Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery, San Jacinto and Waller. With more than 2,100 Member organizations, GHP represents approximately one-fifth of the region’s work force. Visit GHP at houston.org.
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