Karl Hardesty



Founder and CEO

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Karl leads a firm whose solutions include interim project and consulting assignments, in addition to traditional executive search services. Hardesty’s CFO partners are senior financial management executives that have proven track records of successfully guiding companies through their life cycle. Our business model specializes in the immediate deployment of top-line talent and access to high-value intellectual capital. Our firm stakes its reputation on the timely completion of our clients’ high priority initiatives.

Hardesty has grown rapidly since its inception in mid-2011, making Orange County’s Fastest Growing Company list for 2014 and 2015. The firm and its affiliates currently have offices in 10 major markets in the US.

Prior to forming Hardesty, Karl was the Western Region Managing Partner with Tatum, the first national CFO firm with revenues of $190 million. Hardesty founded the firm’s Western Region practice in 1999 and guided it to become the largest region within the firm. Karl also served on Tatum’s Management Committee and innovated many practices that became standard operating procedure for Tatum.

Karl also served as the CFO of a $300mm publicly traded company and a $100mm venture-backed company, closing over 20 acquisitions and raising over $300 million in capital. Karl spent 18 years in public accounting as a CPA and auditor, completing his public accounting career as a partner with Ernst & Young.