Glenn Harris

Country: United Kingdom
Sector: Automotive
Job title: Supply Chain Manager
Subject of study: Physics with Geophysics
Year of graduation: 1982
Type/Level of study: Undergraduate

Current Employer/Organisation Name

Solero Technologies LLC

What have you been doing since leaving Exeter, and what are you doing now?

Initially explored a number of career opportunities in Civil Engineering and manufacturing in the UK. Then was in Oil Exploration (predominantly middle East). For the last 35 years, supply chain management in the UK until 1998, then from 1999 in the USA.

Why did you choose this career? And what do you enjoy most about your work?

Initially, oil exploration was my “adventurer” side (in line also with my study direction, Geophysics). Loved the travel and seeing parts of the world I would not have had the opportunity to, otherwise. The switch to automotive was driven by my desire to settle back in my home area of Wales, UK. Automotive in Wales was strong in the 1980s, 1990s. Then took the opportunity with my employer to emigrate to the USA in 1999. My career in supply chain has enabled me to continue to see the world and to continue to interact with people from all countries/cultures. Have enjoyed the different challenges associated with the ever changing economic climate and witnessing the advances in technology and services over time.

Please tell us if you were a member of any societies, groups or sports clubs?

Geology Society. Intermural football. Varsity football in my 2nd year. Squash. Tennis. Kayaking.

What did you enjoy most about your programme and what was the biggest highlight?

Variety of topics and the study methods encouraged. Learning to be independent and responsible for your own success.

What did you enjoy most about studying here?

Growing up and the long time friends I made. Love the city of Exeter.

Why did you choose to study at Exeter?

Course offered. Far enough from home in Wales to be considered so, but only a three hour journey should it be necessary.

What skills and experiences have been most useful for your career?

Be open minded. Be patient. Communication with different cultures. Take opportunities offered to you.

What advice would you give to a current student who wishes to pursue your career?

Learn another language, if that’s an ability you have. Be willing to travel to further your career. Never burn bridges because your network is very important. Be open to new ideas and new practices.

What are your plans for the future?

Will likely retire in a little while.


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