Harris Group

The Denise and Pino Harris Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Harris Group, honours the legacy of the late Robert ‘Pino’ Harris (1940-2017), a visionary pioneer whose exceptional business acumen revolutionised the transportation industry in Ireland. 

Established by Denise Harris in 2024, the foundation is committed to empowering people, organisations and communities to foster positive change through strategic initiatives and grant aid. With a focus on education, healthcare, and social services, the foundation aims to create sustainable and impactful improvements in the lives of those it serves. By partnering with local organisations and leveraging resources, the foundation supports programmes that promote equity, access, and opportunity, embodying the Harris Group’s dedication to its core values of Passion, Integrity, New Thinking and Openness.

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About Robert 'Pino' Harris

The Harris Group was founded by the late Robert ‘Pino’ Harris (1940-2017), remembered as a pioneer whose legendary business acumen ultimately came to change the face of the transportation industry in Ireland. 

His business breakthrough came in the 1960s through importing Japanese brand Hino, whose trucks soon gained a reputation for toughness and reliability, and earned significant market share. He subsequently grew the Harris brand portfolio to include Isuzu (1985) and Iveco (1994), dominating the heavy goods vehicles market.

In later years Harris Group activities grew significantly to include a wide range of light commercial offerings as well as a bus and coach division, with Pino Harris’ commitment to innovation and exceptional customer service underpinning its success.