Mr. Harding is the managing partner at Harding Partners LP, a business consultancy for public and private companies. He is a frequent international speaker on the topics of innovation, entrepreneurship and semiconductor trends and policies. Mr. Harding currently serves on the Board of Directors of Qorvo, Inc. (NASDAQ: QRVO) and on the board of SandFirst, a private EDA startup. As former director at RF Micro Devices, he helped to engineer the merger with TriQuint Semiconductor to form Qorvo, a leader in high energy RF electronics. Mr. Harding is highly connected in the technology ecosystem, having served on the board of the Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA) for over 16 years. He was on the board of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMD) as the company began its transformation into an industry leader.
Mr. Harding was the CEO and co-founder of eSilicon Corporation, an ASIC and IP supplier that was acquired by Inphi Corporation. Prior to co-founding eSilicon, he was the President and CEO of Cadence Design Systems (NASDAQ: CDNS). Mr. Harding entered Cadence upon the acquisition of Cooper & Chyan Technology (CCT), where he served as the President and CEO, and was responsible for leading the company to an IPO. Prior to CCT, Mr. Harding served as the Executive Vice President of Zycad Corporation. Mr. Harding began his career with distinction at IBM.
Mr. Harding maintains a balanced career, providing his services to industry, academia, and government. He has held leadership roles at Drew University and Indiana University where he was Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees and a member of IU’s premier School of Public and Environmental Affairs advisory board, respectively. In the public policy arena, Mr. Harding has served as a member of the prestigious Steering Committee at the U.S. Council on Competitiveness and was a former National Academies’ Committee member for Software, Growth and the Future of the U.S. Economy. Mr. Harding holds a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry and Economics from Drew University and attended the Stern School of Business at New York University.