Harry Coleman



Harry’s 29 year career with P&G included leading edge External Business Development (EBD) organization where he was one of the leaders in practicing open innovation and licensing. He personally negotiated dozens of intellectual property transactions. He specialized in complex, unusual, new-to-the-world situations. He also has 20 years experience in P&G R&D, giving him firsthand experience with the product development process.

Consulting Expertise

  • Open Innovation Strategy & Management – creating and OI strategy, setting up an OI organization for success, creating the appropriate culture for OI, and the practice of finding, evaluating and procuring external innovation as well as ongoing management of deals/relationships
  • Open Innovation Execution – Finding external innovations, managing initial connections, structuring and negotiating intellectual property transactions – especially creative structures
  • Value Extraction – monetization of internal IP via sale or licensing, including preparation, solicitation of partners/offers, managing “auction”-like processes and closing appropriate transactions
  • Facilitating Asymmetrical Relationships – Helping large corporations connect with small-medium size enterprises/academia/individual entrepreneurs and vice-versa regarding innovation


2005-2008 Director, External Business Development, Procter & Gamble
1999-2005 Assoc. Director, External Business Development, Procter & Gamble
1997-1999 Assoc. Director, Coffee New Product Development, Procter & Gamble (Cincinnati)
1992-1997 Assoc. Director, Japan & China Laundry Product Development, Procter & Gamble (Kobe, Japan & Guangzhou, China)
1986-1992 Section Head, Asia Laundry Product Development, Procter & Gamble (Cincinnati)
1981-1986 Group Leader, Paper and Laundry Product Development, Procter & Gamble
1979-1981 Engineer, Canada Laundry Product Development, Procter & Gamble (Cincinnati)


  • Certified Licensing Professional®, Licensing Executives Society


B.S. Ch.E. Carnegie-Mellon University