HARMAN develops solutions to enable seamless, connected lifestyles for the home, car, stage and enterprise through its leading audio products, infotainment systems, software and connected services.
HARMAN develops solutions to enable seamless, connected lifestyles for the home, car, stage and enterprise through its leading audio products, infotainment systems, software and connected services.
Dinesh Paliwal is president and chief executive officer of HARMAN.
To transform the company from a founder-run, top down culture to one that is customer-centric and innovation driven, Dinesh instituted significant changes during his tenure at HARMAN. Starting in 2007, Dinesh built a diverse board and strong leadership team, expanding the company’s business in high-growth emerging markets and instituting best-in-class operating processes that resulted in top and bottom-line growth.
Dinesh has worked and lived in six countries on four continents, including the United States, China, Switzerland, Singapore, Australia, and India. Prior to joining HARMAN, he spent 22 years with ABB Ltd. (NYSE:ABB, a $50 billion global energy and industrial leader), where he last held the dual role of president, with responsibility for the company’s global P&L, and chairman and chief executive officer of ABB North America. Most notably, he eliminated the cultural and organizational silos among multiple P&L operations globally to achieve profitable growth for the multi-billion North American operation following 18 years of losses.
Moving to Beijing in 1994, Dinesh established ABB’s operations in China and North Asia, where he subsequently grew the region’s business ten-fold in four years. From the company’s headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, he reversed losses at – and grew – its large global industrial automation business. After becoming the youngest executive to join the ABB management board in 2001, Dinesh was tapped by the board to run the global Automation division, representing more than half of ABB’s sales. As president of the division reporting directly to the chairman, Dinesh posted 14 consecutive quarters of top-line and earnings growth.
Dinesh currently serves on the boards of directors of Bristol-Myers Squibb (NYSE:BMY) and Raytheon Company (NYSE:RTN). He is a member of the CEO Business Roundtable, the U.S.-India CEO Forum and serves on the board of the U.S. India Business Council (USIBC). He also serves on the corporate boards of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The Wilson Center and serves on the Business Advisory Council of Miami University of Ohio’s Farmer School of Business. Previously, Dinesh served on the board of directors of Tyco International Ltd. (NYSE:JCI), ADT Security Services and Embarq, now CenturyLink Inc. (NYSE:CTL), and served as chairman of ABB India Ltd. (a publicly-listed company with a multi-billion dollar market capitalization). He also has served as Chairman of the U.S. National Foreign Trade Council and on the boards of the U.S. China Business Council, National Symphony Orchestra and International Swimming Hall of Fame. He served for three years as Economic Advisor to the Governor of Guangdong Province, China.
In 2010, EY named Dinesh “Entrepreneur of the Year” for the New York region, and the Global Organization of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO) honored him with “Indian American Achiever” Award. In 2011, the American India Foundation (AIF) honored him for “Corporate Leadership”. In 2012, Dinesh was inducted into the International Honor Society Beta Gamma Sigma, and the Asian American Business Development Center presented him with the “Pinnacle Award”. In 2014, Paliwal was named to Fortune’s “Business Person of the Year” list and the following year, Yahoo Finance included him on a short list of five-star CEOs. In 2015, The T.J. Martell Foundation honored Paliwal with its Music Innovation Award, and in 2016, he was honored by Breakthrough, a global nonprofit, for his contributions to advancing women’s causes.
Dinesh earned a master’s in engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee. He also earned both a master’s in applied science and engineering and MBA from Miami University of Ohio.
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, HARMAN
Sandy Rowland is executive vice president and chief financial officer of HARMAN.
Sandy is responsible for all aspects of the Finance function and serves as the principal contact to outside auditors, KPMG LLP. Sandy reports to President and Chief Executive Officer Dinesh Paliwal and is a member of the executive committee.
With more than 20 years of experience in financial management, Sandy joined HARMAN in October 2012 to lead investor relations. In 2013, she added corporate development to her responsibilities, which included strategy and mergers and acquisitions. On January 1, 2015, she became CFO.
Prior to joining HARMAN, Sandy was a vice president in the Corporate Finance group at Eastman Kodak Co. (NYSE:KODK). Also at Kodak, Sandy held assignments of increasing responsibility including controller of the consumer segment, director of corporate financial planning and analysis, assistant treasurer, director of investor relations and chief financial officer of the commercial segment. Sandy was also a manager in the Audit and Business Advisory practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), where she worked primarily with technology companies.
Sandy received a Bachelor of Arts in economics and business from Lafayette College. She also holds an MBA from the University of Rochester’s William E. Simon School of Business.
Executive Vice President and President, Professional Solutions, HARMAN
Mohit Parasher is executive vice president and president of the HARMAN Professional Solutions division.
Mohit is responsible for all worldwide operations, strategy and performance of his division – the world’s largest professional audio, lighting, video and control products and systems organization. The division serves the entertainment and enterprise markets with comprehensive systems, including enterprise automation and complete IT solutions. Mohit reports to President and Chief Executive Officer Dinesh Paliwal and is a member of the executive committee.
Mohit joined HARMAN in May 2014 with more than 20 years of experience growing audio, video and systems businesses throughout Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Europe. As vice president and general manager of consumer audio and Asia-Pacific, Mohit’s leadership in general management, sales, marketing and channel-management supported HARMAN’s rapid growth in the Asia-Pacific region.
Prior to HARMAN, Mohit was chief executive officer of retail at Bharti Airtel Ltd., where he conceptualized and successfully executed the company’s “serve to sell” business philosophy across its 1,200 retail stores. Mohit also served as chief executive officer and executive director for Beetel Teletech Ltd., part of Bharti Enterprises, where he turned the company profitable in his first three quarters on the job. Mohit also enjoyed a long career with Sony Corporation (NYSE:SNE), where he managed global market development, including in the United Kingdom, Poland, India, Lebanon, Morocco and United Arab Emirates. During his time at Sony, Mohit served on the Supervisory Board of Sony Germany and the Board of Sony Europe.
Mohit earned an MBA from the University of Pune and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Allahabad. He also completed the Executive Education program at the University of California, Los Angeles’ Anderson School of Management.
Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Communications, HARMAN
Paula Davis is vice president of Corporate Affairs and Communications at HARMAN.
Paula is responsible for global external and internal communications, government relations, corporate social responsibility, community relations and change management. She reports to President and Chief Executive Officer Dinesh Paliwal.
Before joining HARMAN in 2013, Paula was president of the Alcoa Foundation at Alcoa Corporation (NYSE:AA), one of the largest U.S. corporate foundations with assets of approximately $460 million. Prior to that, she led corporate communications for Pepsi Bottling Group Inc., now part of PepsiCo Inc. (NYSE:PEP) from 2007 to 2010. Paula has also served in corporate communications roles of increasing responsibility at Siemens AG, MVP.com, Sears, Roebuck & Company (NYSE:SHLD) and Sara Lee Corporation, now part of Tyson Foods Inc. (NYSE:TSN).
Paula received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.
In 2012, Paula was recognized by Profiles in Diversity Journal as a “Woman Worth Watching” and was named a David Rockefeller Fellow by the Partnership for New York City. In 2017, the HARMAN corporate communications team won “Outstanding In-House Team” at the PRWeek Awards.
Executive Vice President and President, Connected Services, HARMAN
Sanjay Dhawan is President of HARMAN’s Connected Services Division. A technology veteran and serial entrepreneur, Sanjay is responsible for the day-to-day operations and financial performance of HARMAN Connected Services.
Previously, Dhawan was President & CEO of Symphony Teleca, a private company that was acquired by HARMAN. Dhawan joined Symphony Teleca from Aricent, a KKR owned privately held company with global operations in more than 25 countries with over 10,000 employees, where he served as President and Chief Operating Officer. At Aricent, he was responsible for company strategy, sales, marketing and the management and oversight of several high-growth business units and various functional units.
Prior to Aricent, Dhawan was the Chairman, CEO and co-founder of Inkra Networks, a company credited with defining the virtual networking market segment. Dhawan also held chief strategy, development, sales and management roles at Netopia, StarNet and Advanced Micro Devices (AMD).
Dhawan has authored several networking-related publications and books and has chaired IEEE 802 and ANSI X3T9 standards sub-groups. He holds a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Brunel University, England, and a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Communications from REC Kurukshetra, India.
Executive Vice President and President, Connected Car, HARMAN
Phil Eyler is executive vice president and president of the HARMAN Connected Car division.
Phil oversees the over $3 billion unit, which develops integrated systems encompassing embedded infotainment, telematics, connected safety and cyber security solutions, among others. Phil oversees an organization of 8,000 employees, including top technology experts and engineers throughout the world. Phil reports to President and Chief Executive Officer Dinesh Paliwal and is a member of the executive committee.
A 20-year veteran of the automotive industry, Phil joined HARMAN in 1997 and has served in a variety of leadership roles of increasing responsibility in infotainment and audio systems engineering, project management, quality and manufacturing. Prior to entering his current role in 2015, Phil was senior vice president and general manager of global automotive audio, where he led sales, marketing, R&D, product engineering and operations. During this period, Phil spearheaded market-leading and award-winning innovations such as HARMAN’s Clari-Fi™ music restoration technology, the HALOsonic® suite of sound management solutions and Individual Sound Zones (ISZ)®, further distinguishing HARMAN’s audio offerings from the competition. In early 2015, he also successfully led the acquisition and integration of the Bang & Olufsen® automotive audio business into HARMAN. Under his leadership, HARMAN added 12 new OEM brands to its customer list, consistently delivering double-digit growth and doubling HARMAN’s backlog of awarded business.
Prior to leading global automotive audio, Phil was responsible for HARMAN’s North American Automotive business, with overall responsibility for both audio and infotainment. During that time, he successfully led the product development and launch of the industry’s first scalable infotainment platform, contributing to HARMAN’s industry-leading infotainment backlog. Phil has also led HARMAN’s North America and Asia manufacturing.
Phil began his career at Siemens AG in the electromechanical components division, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University and his MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.
Executive Vice President and President, Lifestyle Audio, HARMAN
Michael Mauser is executive vice president and president of the Lifestyle Audio division and regional head of HARMAN Europe.
Michael is responsible for all aspects of his division, which develops, manufactures and sells highly innovative and industry leading car audio solutions, as well as best in class consumer audio products for the home and on the go. He oversees an organization of more than 5,700 employees with engineering, manufacturing, sales and marketing centers around the globe. Michael reports to President and Chief Executive Officer Dinesh Paliwal and is a member of the executive committee.
Since joining HARMAN in 1997, Michael has held several senior management positions of increasing responsibility. Michael was co-president of HARMAN’s Automotive division, as well as co-president of HARMAN’s Infotainment and Lifestyle divisions. Michael was also senior vice president of Finance and chief financial officer of HARMAN’s Automotive division until 2010.
Prior to joining HARMAN, Michael spent seven years with Daimler-Benz Aerospace Inc. – now Airbus Group SE – where he worked in various controlling and finance positions.
Michael holds an industrial MBA from the University of Stuttgart in Germany.
Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, HARMAN
Ralph Santana is executive vice president and chief marketing officer of HARMAN.
Ralph has responsibility for 197 employees across four business units and drives all aspects of HARMAN’s worldwide marketing strategy. This includes brand stewardship, artist relations, event sponsorship, market research and product innovation for all HARMAN product and technology brands including AKG®, harman/kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson® and Revel®.
Under Ralph’s leadership, HARMAN has built the most powerful audio brand portfolio in the industry, achieving an increase in HARMAN’s car audio backlog to $7.5 billion and reaching an unprecedented 41 percent share of car audio around the world. HARMAN has also won more than 200 design and innovation awards over the last several years and ranked number one in portable audio in Europe. Notably, e-commerce under Ralph’s leadership has grown by eight times since the start of his tenure, and driven HARMAN’s flagship brands to their highest levels of awareness, search and equity. Ralph reports to President and Chief Executive Officer Dinesh Paliwal and is a member of the executive committee.
Before joining HARMAN, Ralph served as senior vice president and chief marketing officer for Samsung Electronics North America from 2010 to 2012. In that role, he was responsible for launching Samsung’s U.S. e-commerce business and building out branding strategies that drove significant visibility, putting the Samsung brand at the center of culture.
Ralph’s experience prior to Samsung included a 16-year career at PepsiCo Inc. (NYSE:PEP) that spanned multiple international and domestic leadership roles in marketing. In his last assignment at PepsiCo, Ralph served as vice president of Colas, where he spearheaded a massive creative overhaul and re-launch of Pepsi-Cola, recognized with various Webby, Effie and Event Marketer awards. He was also the driving force behind the groundbreaking Pepsi Refresh Project, a social media initiative that leveraged new forms of consumer engagement. During his tenure at PepsiCo, Ralph served as vice president of Sports, Media, Branded Entertainment and Interactive Marketing, vice president of Consumer Promotions and Customer Marketing and he led marketing for the Caribbean region. He also held positions with Frito-Lay’s international and North America operations.
Prior to PepsiCo, Ralph worked for Beverage Marketing Corporation as a beverage industry consultant designing market entry and expansion strategies.
Ralph received his bachelor’s in English literature from Dartmouth College, and his MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.
Previously, Ralph served as a board member of the Association of National Advertisers (ANA), was named an “A” list marketer by Advertising Age in 2011 and he was honored with Street & Smith’s prestigious 40 Under 40 Award in 2007. In 2017, Ralph became a member of the Wall Street Journal’s CMO Network.
David Slump is executive vice president of Operations at HARMAN.
David is responsible for leading the supply chain management, manufacturing, quality and real estate functions across the company’s various lines of business globally. David previously served as the integration leader during the build out of HARMAN’s Connected Services division.
From 2013 to 2015, David was president of automotive services in addition to his role as head of global procurement. From 2011 to 2013, David served as executive vice president of corporate development, leading the team responsible for strategy, mergers and acquisitions, and global procurement across HARMAN. Upon joining the company in 2009, he served as president of the Consumer division. David reports to President and Chief Executive Officer Dinesh Paliwal and is a member of the executive committee.
David is a veteran of 25 years in a variety of senior leadership positions in business development and turnaround, portfolio management, and P&L responsibilities with companies including Toshiba Corporation’s subsidiary Landis+Gyr, General Electric (NYSE:GE), ABB Ltd. (NYSE:ABB) and Exelon Corporation’s (NYSE:EXC) subsidiary Commonwealth Edison.
David holds a bachelor’s in electrical engineering from Iowa State University and an MBA from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.
David currently sits on the Engineering College Industrial Advisory Council of his alma mater, Iowa State University.
Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer, HARMAN
John Stacey is executive vice president and chief human resources officer of HARMAN.
John is responsible for all aspects of the Human Resources function globally, including people continuity and development, target setting, employee relations, compensation, benefit management and recruitment. He reports to President and Chief Executive Officer Dinesh Paliwal and is a member of the executive committee.
Previously, John served in various senior human resources positions with global alcoholic beverage company Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV (NYSE:BUD) from 1990 to 2008. Prior to joining HARMAN, his most recent position was vice president of People for InBev North America. John also held the role of vice president of People for InBev Eastern Europe. John started his career with Labatt Brewing Company Ltd. as manager of Human Resources and served as regional director Human Resources for Labatt, Atlantic Canada. In June of 2000, John relocated to the United States to assume the role of vice president of Human Resources for Labatt USA.
John earned his Bachelor of Commerce degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.
John is also a member of the CHRO Roundtable, an exclusive group made up of senior human resources professionals throughout the U.S.
Marisa Iasenza is General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at HARMAN.
Marisa is responsible for all legal affairs of the company, including corporate transactions, litigation, intellectual property, insurance and risk management, corporate governance and regulatory compliance. She reports to President and Chief Executive Officer, Dinesh Paliwal, and is a member of the executive committee.
Marisa joined HARMAN in 2008 as securities and M&A counsel. She has served as lead counsel for the Connected Car, Lifestyle Audio and Professional Solutions divisions. In 2011, she was appointed Associate General Counsel and Corporate Secretary.
Prior to HARMAN, Marisa served as Assistant General Counsel for United Agri Products, Inc. up to and through the acquisition of the company by Agrium, Inc. (NYSE:AGU). Previously, Marisa represented both private and public organizations through corporate law firms in Southern California, focusing on negotiating and structuring M&A transactions and financings, SEC reporting and intellectual property development and licensing.
Marisa earned a Bachelor of Arts in economics from McGill University, a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Civil Law from the University of Ottawa and a Master of Laws from the University of Miami.
Currently, Marisa is admitted to the bar in California, Québec and Connecticut (AHC).
Henry Tirri is executive vice president and chief technology officer at HARMAN.
Henry is responsible for leading HARMAN's global technology strategy with responsibility for all R&D activities and advanced research projects designed to bring innovative high-impact technical solutions to HARMAN’s portfolio of products and services. He has direct oversight for more than 60 engineers and technologists in HARMAN’s Corporate Technology Group (CTG) and indirectly to 15,000 engineers throughout the world. Henry reports to President and Chief Executive Officer Dinesh Paliwal and is a member of the executive committee.
Prior to HARMAN, Henry held several positions of increasing responsibility with Nokia (NYSE:NOK) including executive vice president of the technologies business and chief technology advisor to the CEO from 2014 to 2015. Henry also led the global P&L for Nokia's technologies unit, which manages and licenses the company’s technology assets including its industry leading intellectual property portfolio. From 2011 to 2014, Henry served as executive vice president and chief technology officer, responsible for facilitating the technology strategy decisions across Nokia's different business divisions. Henry also held the position of senior vice president and head of the Nokia Research Center (NRC) from 2008 to 2011. In that role, Henry was charged with driving the research conducted at NRC laboratories worldwide with the mission of leveraging open innovation and collaboration with universities such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, University of California, Berkeley, University of California, Los Angeles, École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne and the University of Cambridge. Henry began his career with Nokia in 2004 serving in several roles, including as a research fellow and vice president and head of systems research.
Henry is also the founder of Beaivi LLC, a digital consultancy firm offering services for the computing technologies space – from mobility to cloud and connectivity, designed especially for the programmable world, internet of things, connected car and financial technologies. Beaivi’s services include technology strategy development, innovation management, analytics, machine learning and product development and former customers include Nokia, Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria S.A. (NYSE:BBVA) and Bank of America (NYSE:BAC).
An accomplished academic, Henry has worked at Aalto University, where he is currently an executive in residence and a fellow with the Helsinki Institute for Information Technology (HIIT). Henry has also held tenured and adjunct professor roles with the University of California, Berkeley, Stanford University and the University of Helsinki. Henry also contributed to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s activities in machine learning research as a visiting scientist. Notably, Henry was made a First Class Knight of the Order of the White Rose of Finland for his contributions to Finnish society, business and education.
Henry earned his Master of Science and Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Helsinki and received an Honorary Doctorate from University of Tampere in Finland.
Nick Parrotta is chief digital and information officer at HARMAN.
Nick is responsible for HARMAN’s enterprise-wide strategy and the execution around digital and IT endeavors. He works closely with the Connected Car, Lifestyle, Professional Solutions and Connected Services divisions and leadership teams to optimize HARMAN’s technology capabilities, particularly related to end user experience, data and analytics, agile service delivery and cyber security practices. Nick reports to President and Chief Executive Officer Dinesh Paliwal.
Nick joined HARMAN in 2017. With more than 20 years of business and IT experience, Nick has driven the IT approach and execution of digital solutions that have enabled business transformation, integration and profitable growth for multiple billion-dollar organizations, including General Electric Company (NYSE:GE), Kaiser Permanente, International Business Machines Corporation (NYSE:IBM) and PwC. At GE, he served as chief information officer for GE Power Conversion, where he led the strategic execution, digital innovation, operational excellence and talent development efforts. Within GE, he also held successive digital IT leadership roles with GE Power headquarters, GE Renewable Energy, GE Aero Energy and GE Distributed Power.
Nick earned a Bachelor of Arts from St. John Fisher College in Rochester, N.Y. and has an MBA from Southern Methodist University in Dallas.
Vice President, Strategy, HARMAN and HARMAN Connected Car
Roopa Unnikrishnan is vice president of strategy for HARMAN and HARMAN’s Connected Car division
As head of the HARMAN strategy group, Roopa will oversee the integration with Samsung and the company’s longer-term growth strategy. In addition, Roopa is responsible for overseeing HARMAN’s connected car strategy, including infotainment, automotive audio systems, radio tuner, embedded systems and vehicle interface, and for identifying opportunities for future profitable growth within the division. She reports to President and Chief Executive Officer, Dinesh Paliwal and Executive Vice President and President of the Connected Car Division, Phil Eyler.
Roopa has over two decades of experience in roles where she has overseen change and innovation in several Fortune 500 companies across the technology and consumer goods sectors. Before joining HARMAN in 2016, Roopa founded Center10 Consulting LLC, where she consulted companies around strategic and organizational change, including transformative strategy planning, talent approach, strategic workforce planning, strategic planning processes, new product development, vision and organizational structures, and cultural change. She started her career at Katzenbach Partners LLC (KPL), and went on to hold strategy and innovation roles of increasing responsibility with Citigroup (NYSE:C), Pfizer (NYSE:PFE) and BlackRock, Inc. (NYSE:BLK).
A Rhodes Scholar, Roopa holds a Master of Philosophy in economic and social history and an MBA from the University of Oxford. In 2017, Roopa published her first book, The Career Catapult: Shake Up the Status Quo and Boost Your Professional Trajectory.
Dr. Mike Peters is executive vice president of global accounts at HARMAN.
Mike is responsible for managing HARMAN’s business relationships, strategic planning, account P&L management and customer growth for all significant automotive customers across Connected Car, Car Audio and Connected Services, including the Automotive SEB and OTA. All automotive CBU leads and their sales teams around the world report directly into Mike.
Mike reports to President and Chief Executive Officer Dinesh Paliwal.
Mike’s career spans over 20 years of experience in sales, research and development, and purchasing and quality assurance functions for OEM, tier-one suppliers and technology companies. Mike previously worked with HARMAN from 2002 to 2007 as vice president of the customer business unit, where he was responsible for managing the core business units of Audi and Volkswagen.
Prior to returning to HARMAN as executive vice president of global accounts in April 2017, Mike served in a variety of senior management roles at BMW Group in engineering, purchasing and supplier network for electrics, electronics, mechatronics, and driver assistance systems. Prior to that, Mike served as vice president of global sales and portfolio at Continental Automotive.
Mike holds a Dr.-Ing. in digital signal processing from the University of Kaiserslautern in Germany. Mike also attended Michigan State University and has a degree in communication technology from the Technical School of Mittweida (TH) in Germany.