Davida Lara, Entertainment Partners

Davida Lara,
Executive Vice President, Payroll,
Entertainment Partners

With more than 20 years of experience, Executive Vice President of Payroll, Davida Lara, is recognized as a national thought leader on Payroll. She is a frequent speaker at various global forums including ADP, KPMG, and PWC.

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Over the course of the past decade, Lara has gained extensive expertise developing systems and process automation, and training personnel. She has been responsible for developing global mobility best practices and payroll shared services. Additionally, she has led initiatives involving international assignment policies and global mobility.

Lara combines a high level of proficiency in business applications, business process and organizational management in leading Entertainment Partners’ (EP’s) Payroll teams. Prior to joining EP, Lara served as the Senior Vice President and Head of Global Payroll for The Blackstone Group, where she directly oversaw global payroll operations impacting more than half a million employees. Prior to that, Lara was the head of global HRIS and Payroll at Harman International Industries, where she oversaw system strategy and implementation for 23 countries.

Throughout her career, Lara has headed numerous diversity and inclusion initiatives, and continues to be a voice for empowering women. She sits on the Board of Directors for the Center of Sexual Assault Crisis Counseling and Education.

Lara received a B.S. cum laude, from the School of Business at Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, Connecticut.

Lara spends much of her free time mentoring inner city youth, is involved in motivational and educational public speaking, and enjoys theater and the arts with her husband and two daughters.

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