Larry Harding founded High Street Partners (HSP), the leader in international business software and services, in 2003, with the goal of ensuring that the “backoffice” solutions needed for supporting small and midsize enterprises expanding overseas could be delivered much more effectively, efficiently, and economically. Since that time, HSP has grown to support hundreds of high growth technology and non-tech multinationals, leading research universities, and global non-profit organizations deal with the challenges of supporting their operations overseas.
Prior to founding HSP, Larry served as Vice President of International Finance for Ciena Corporation, a multinational supplier of telecommunications equipment. In this position, he managed, developed and implemented the financial, accounting and compliance functions for Ciena's international operations, which included 30+ overseas offices in Europe, Asia, and Latin America. In this role, he worked closely with personnel responsible for Ciena’s other international activities, including the Sales, Human Resources, and Legal departments, and drove initiatives in specialized areas of the business, including currency risk management, global benefits, and international logistics.
Before joining Ciena, Larry held senior finance executive positions with various venture capital backed technology companies, including serving as CFO of Omnia Communications, as CFO for Replica Corporation, and as Corporate Controller at VideoServer, where he was hired to help complete the company’s successful IPO. Larry began his career at Ernst & Young in Boston, later serving as a Senior Audit Manager and M&A Consultant.
Frequently referenced as an expert resource for international trends in publications like The Wall Street Journal and CFO Magazine, Harding was named as a finalist for Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur Of The Year® Award in 2010. He is also a past recipient of the Maryland World Trade Center Institute's annual International Business Leadership Award, which recognizes business executives whose creative influence has contributed to the global success of their companies. Larry, who became licensed as a CPA in Massachusetts, holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics, with a dual major in Finance and Accounting, from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.