STAMFORD, CT -- Harman International Industries, Incorporated (NYSE: HAR) announced today that Dr. Jiren Liu has been appointed to serve as a member of the Company's Board of Directors. Dr. Liu will serve under this appointment until December 2012, at which time he will stand for reelection to the Board through the Company's normal process.
Dr. Liu is currently Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of technology solutions provider Neusoft Corporation of Shenyang, China. Established in 1991, Neusoft is the first listed software solutions company and the largest technology solution and product design engineering services provider in China. With more the 16,000 employees, Neusoft has a comprehensive engineering, marketing and service network in over 40 cities across China, as well as subsidiaries in the U.S., Europe, and Japan. Dr. Liu is a professor and vice president at Northeastern University China, serves as vice-chairman of the China Software Industry Association, and is a standing member of Chinese Association of Automation. He has been awarded numerous honors including the National Award for Excellence in Science and Technology, China Best Business Leader, and CNBC’s prestigious award Asia Innovator of the Year.
The Company also announced that three members of its Board were reelected to three-year terms at its December 8, 2009 annual meeting. These include Dinesh C. Paliwal - Harman International Chairman, President and CEO; Edward H. Meyer – former President, Gray Global Group; and Gary Steel - Member of the Group Executive Committee, ABB Ltd.
"We are delighted to welcome Dr. Liu to our Board of Directors and look forward to his outstanding counsel as a member of our experienced, multinational board,” said Dinesh C. Paliwal, Harman’s Chairman, President and CEO. "Dr. Liu’s experience as the founder and chief executive of one of China’s leading technology companies will provide Harman with invaluable assistance as we continue to develop innovative technologies and execute our aggressive growth strategy in the emerging markets."
Harman International (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment products for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. The Company maintains a strong presence in the Americas, Europe and Asia and employs about 9,500 people worldwide. The Harman International family of brands spans some 15 leading names including AKG, Audioaccess, Becker, BSS, Crown, dbx, DigiTech, Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon, Mark Levinson, Revel, QNX, Soundcraft and Studer. The Company’s stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol NYSE:HAR.