Harri, a leading HCM platform for service industries, expands its leadership team to drive growth and performance across all facets of wage and labor compliance.
Harri, the revolutionary Human Capital Management platform serving over 20,000 restaurant and hotel locations and 4 million hospitality employees globally, announced the appointment of Wendy Harkness as Chief Compliance Officer.
Wendy brings broad and deep experience across the compliance, legal, and HR landscape, most recently serving as the Chief Administrative Officer & General Counsel for Restaurant Growth Services, where she led the national legal, risk, and HR teams.
As Harri’s Chief Compliance Officer, Wendy will lead the advancement of Harri’s industry-leading Workforce Compliance Platform supporting a rapidly expanding community of global enterprise clients, across multiple compliance functions including wage & hour, payroll, and training.
Rapid growth in the Harri Compliance Platform over the course of 2021 and early ‘22 has significantly expanded functionality, including configurable rules engines for all labor markets at a federal, state, and local level across the US and UK. Additional markets across Europe will follow.
Additionally, as part of a multi-million dollar investment in AI-powered analytics, Wendy will be leading the development of Harri’s Predictive Compliance products. This first-in-market suite of solutions allows HR, legal, finance, and operations executives to better monitor, mitigate, and plan for employee risk across their organization. “Compliance can be tricky, time-consuming, and expensive for businesses – especially when mistakes are made. As the executive/attorney responsible for compliance at several companies throughout my career, I know first-hand how numerous, far-reaching, and ever-changing employment regulations are,” said Wendy Harkness, incoming Chief Compliance Officer at Harri, “I was first introduced to Harri as a prospective client and was incredibly impressed with the compliance products available, so much so that I wanted to be a part of the cutting-edge advancement in Harri’s suite of products and services. There’s simply no comparison in the current marketplace. I’m delighted to be on team Harri!”
“We’re thrilled to welcome yet another highly talented individual with a proven track record of success to our executive team. Wendy’s extensive legal and restaurant compliance experience will be an invaluable resource as we continue the rapid expansion of our employee experience offerings,” said Luke Fryer, Founder & CEO at Harri. “Bringing Wendy on board presents a unique opportunity to advance our deep commitment to actionable and relevant compliance products, further strengthening our market advantage.”
Harri recently announced a $30M growth funding round led by Golub Capital. During this pivotal period, Wendy’s leadership will greatly contribute to Harri’s goal of providing the best-in-class labor solutions to service-driven businesses.