Photographic portrait of Thomas Harms
If retailers are to meet the needs of changing consumers and stay relevant, they must anticipate what’s to come and make bold choices today.

Thomas Harms

EY Global Retail Leader & Germany Switzerland Austria (GSA) Managing Partner

Innovative. Intellectually curious. Mentor. Experienced shopper. Father of four. Hobby cook. Golfer. Schalke fan.

Kancelarija Düsseldorf, DE

As EY Global Retail Leader & Germany Switzerland Austria (GSA) Managing Partner, Thomas Harms is responsible for defining and implementing the EY strategy for the retail industry. He helps ensure that EY retail clients are well served across geographies, leading over 20,000 EY professionals worldwide.

After more than 20 years advising national and international companies, Thomas is just as curious about new developments as he was at the beginning of his career.

Early on, he specialized in consumer goods and retail culminating in Thomas creating and leading the Consumer industry practice across Germany, Switzerland and Austria for 18 years. He knows the industry like no other and has supported retailers as they face complex and strategic challenges driven by empowered consumers.

Thomas’ long-term industry relationships and strong, cross-industry network are the cornerstone of successful collaborations and creative solutions.

How Thomas is building a better working world

“I am incredibly motivated to guide others to achieve their ambitions and fulfill their potential. I bring my natural curiosity and collaborative approach to help ideate and innovate, challenge assumptions and explore new alternatives. Whether an individual or a business, I find it inspiring to input into shaping a new future reality and help empower success.”