Founder & CEO, HSP Group
For over 20 years, Larry Harding’s customer-oriented vision for the global expansion solutions market has helped drive the industry forward. This is because, unlike most of his peers at the legacy providers in the market today, he has himself been a customer desperately in need of the right kind and full breadth of technology and services needed to manage a global footprint.
After graduating from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, Larry began his career on the audit staff of EY’s Boston office, and later provided due diligence assistance to leading Venture Capital, Private Equity and Corporate investors who were clients of EY, as an M&A Consultant. This led to a series of CFO positions with VC-backed hardware technology companies in the Boston area.
One of these was acquired by Ciena, a leading provider of optical networking equipment, whose customer list included most of the larger telecommunications carriers around the world. As Ciena’s VP of International Finance, Larry led the Finance, HR and Legal initiatives related to their expansion into 30 different countries outside the US. During this time, Larry gained significant expertise in the best ways to handle the global expansion requirements driven by the opening of these offices in overseas locations.
Armed with this expertise and a customer-oriented vision for how to deliver these solutions more effectively, Larry founded High Street Partners in 2003. This venture became an entrepreneurial success, culminating in a successful sale of the business in 2014, transacted as part of a private equity backed merger with a competitor firm that is now a part of Vistra.
Larry next joined Amsterdam-based TMF Group, the largest provider in the global expansion services market. Initially focused on launching their consulting and advisory business, he later served as Head of TMF’s North America region.
Now, with the launch of HSP Group, Larry and the founding team are focused on building the next great provider of tech-enabled global expansion software and services.