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 Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Harman International (NYSE:HAR).
To transform the company from a founder-run, top down culture to one that is customer-centric and innovation driven, Dinesh has instituted significant changes since his tenure at Harman began in 2007, including building 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 have 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 Group (NYSE:ABB, a $50 billion global energy and industrial leader), where he last held the dual role of President of ABB Group with responsibility for the company’s global P&L, and Chairman/CEO - 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 Group Management Board in 2001, Dinesh was tapped by the company’s 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 earned a Master’s degree in Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT Roorkee). He also earned a Master’s degree in Applied Science and engineering and a Master’s degree in Business Administration both from Miami University of Ohio.
In addition to the Harman Board, Dinesh serves on the Board of Directors for Bristol-Myers Squibb Company and for the Raytheon Company. He also serves on the board of the Business Advisory Council of the Farmer School of Business, Miami University. Dinesh served on the board of directors of Tyco, ADT and Embarq, now Century Link Telecom and served as Chairman of ABB India Ltd. (a publicly-listed company with a multi-billion-dollar market capitalization). He is a member of the CEO Business Roundtable in Washington, DC, and the U.S. India Business CEO Forum, as well as the US India Business Council (USIBC) Board of Directors. Previously, he served as Chairman of the US National Foreign
Trade Council and on the boards of the US China Business Council, National Symphony Orchestra and International Swimming Hall of Fame. He also served for three years as Economic Advisor to the Governor of Guangdong Province, China.
In 2010, E&Y named Dinesh ‘Entrepreneur of the Year' for the New York region, and Global Organization of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO) honored him with ‘Indian American Achiever’ Award. In 2011, American India Foundation (AIF) honored him for ‘Corporate Leadership’. In 2012, Dinesh was inducted in the International Honor Society Beta Gamma Sigma and the Asian American Business Development Center presented him with the ‘Pinnacle Award.’ In 2014, Dinesh was named to Fortune's Business Person of the Year list.
Sandra E. Rowland
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Sandra Rowland serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Harman International Industries (NYSE:HAR) effective January 1, 2015. She reports to the Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer – Dinesh Paliwal and is a member of the Group Executive committee. Sandra is responsible for all aspects of the finance function including controllership, financial planning and analysis, tax, treasury, internal controls, and investor relations. She also serves as the principal contact to the audit committee of the Board of Directors and outside auditors, KPMG LLP.
With more than 20 years of experience in financial management, Rowland joined HARMAN in October 2012 to lead Investor Relations. In 2013, she was named Vice President, Corporate Development and Investor Relations taking on the responsibility of Corporate Development, which included Strategy and Mergers & Acquisitions.
Prior to joining HARMAN, Sandra was a Vice President in the Corporate Finance Group at Eastman Kodak Company. She 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. Prior to joining Kodak, Sandra was a manager in the Audit and Business Advisory practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, were she worked primarily with technology companies.
Sandra graduated from the Lafayette College with a BA in Economics and Business, and she holds an MBA from the University of Rochester’s William E. Simon Graduate School of Business.
Executive Vice President and President, Professional Solutions Division
Mohit Parasher was appointed Executive Vice President and President, Professional Solutions, in May 2016. Mr. Parasher is responsible for all worldwide operations, strategy and performance of the Professional Solutions 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 system solutions, including enterprise automation and complete IT solutions. Mr. Parasher is a member of HARMAN’s Executive Committee and reports to Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Dinesh Paliwal.
Mr. Parasher 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, Consumer Audio and Professional Solutions for Asia Pacific, Mr. Parasher’s leadership in general management, sales, marketing and channel-management supported HARMAN’s rapid growth in the Asia Pacific region.
Prior to HARMAN, he was CEO of Retail at Bharti Airtel, where he conceptualized and successfully executed the company’s “serve to sell” business philosophy across its 1,200 retail stores. He also served as CEO and Executive Director for Beetel Teletech, a Bharti enterprise, where he turned the company profitable in his first three quarters on the job. Mr. Parasher enjoyed a long career with Sony where he managed market development across the world, including in the UK, Poland, India, Lebanon, Morocco and United Arab Emirates. In addition, Mr. Parasher served on the Supervisory Board of Sony Germany and the Board of Sony Europe.
Mr. Parasher earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of Pune and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Allahabad. He also received an executive management education from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.
Paula S. Davis
Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Communications
Paula Davis has served as Vice President of Corporate Affairs and Communications since 2013. She has responsibility for global external and internal communications, corporate social responsibility, community relations and change management.
Ms. Davis formerly held the position of President, Alcoa Foundation, 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 from 2007 to 2010. She has served in corporate communications roles of increasing responsibility at Siemens Corporation, MVP.com, Sears, Roebuck and Co. and Sara Lee Corporation.
Ms. Davis was recognized by Profiles in Diversity Journal as a “Woman Worth Watching in 2012” and was named a 2011-2012 David Rockefeller Fellow by the Partnership for New York City. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan and a Master’s degree in Business Management from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management.
Executive Vice President and President, Connected Services Division
Sanjay Dhawan is currently President of HARMAN’s Connected Services Division. A technology veteran and serial entrepreneur, Sanjay Dhawan is responsible for the day-to-day operations of Harman Connected Services business as well as its overall financial performance. 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 over 25 countries and 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 Division
Phil Eyler was appointed to the role Executive Vice President and President, Connected Car in July 2015. Phil oversees the US$3B division, which develops integrated systems encompassing embedded infotainment, telematics, connected safety and cyber security solutions, among others. He oversees an organization of 7,500 employees, including top technology experts and engineers throughout the world. Phil reports to the Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Dinesh Paliwal and is a member of the Group Executive committee.
A veteran of the automotive industry for more than 20 years, Eyler joined HARMAN in 1997 and through his tenure at HARMAN has served in a variety of leadership roles of increasing responsibility in both infotainment and audio systems engineering, project management, quality and manufacturing. From 2011 to 2015, Eyler served as Senior Vice President & General Manager, Global Automotive Audio, where he led sales, marketing, R&D, product engineering, and operations. During this time, Eyler spearheaded market-leading and award-winning innovations such as HARMAN’s Clari-Fi music restoration technology, the HALOsonic suite sound management solutions and Individual Sound Zones, further distinguishing HARMAN’s audio offerings from the competition. In early 2015, Eyler also successfully led the acquisition and integration of the Bang & Olufsen Automotive audio business into HARMAN. Under his leadership, the Company added 12 new OEM brands to its customer list, consistently delivering double-digit growth and doubling HARMAN’s backlog of awarded business.
From 2010 to 2011, Eyler 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. Prior to this, Eyler led Harman’s North America and Asia manufacturing.
Eyler began his career at Siemens in the electromechanical components division. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University and his MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. He is based at the Company’s North America Automotive headquarters in Novi, Michigan.
Executive Vice President and President, Lifestyle Audio Division
Michael Mauser has served as Executive Vice President of HARMAN International since April 2010. He was appointed Co-President of HARMAN’s automotive division in the same year and then became Co-President of the Infotainment and Lifestyle divisions. Today he serves as President of HARMAN’s US$2B Lifestyle Audio 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 about 6000 employees, with Engineering, Manufacturing and Sales & Marketing centers around the globe.
In his role as President, Mr. Mauser also serves as a member of HARMAN’s Executive Committee and reports directly to the Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Dinesh Paliwal.
Mr. Mauser has been working in several senior management positions at HARMAN since joining the company in 1997. He was for example Senior Vice President Finance & CFO of its automotive division until 2010.
Prior to joining HARMAN, he has spent seven years with Daimler-Benz Aerospace Inc. where he worked in various controlling and finance positions.
Michael Mauser holds an Industrial Master of Business Administration from the University of Stuttgart, Germany.
Herbert K. Parker has served as Executive Vice President, Operational Excellence of HARMAN International Industries (NYSE:HAR) since January 2015. In this role, Herbert is responsible for Mergers & Acquisitions, Information Technology and Internal Audit. He reports to Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Dinesh Paliwal and is a member of HARMAN’s Executive Committee. Herbert joined HARMAN in June 2008 as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.
Prior to joining HARMAN, Herbert served in various senior financial positions with global power and technology company ABB Group, (NYSE:ABB) for 28 years, including Chief Financial Officer of the $6 billion Americas region from 2006 to 2008 and Chief Financial Officer of the $12 billion global automation division from 2002-2005.
Herbert has lived in five countries and performed business reviews in over 30 countries. He began his career as a Staff Accountant with C-E Systems - (Combustion Engineering was acquired by ABB in 1989) in Chattanooga, TN and held a number of finance positions with increasing responsibility throughout Asia, Europe and North America.
Herbert serves on the board of TriMas (NASDAQ: TRS) Corporation. Additionally, Herbert currently serves as Chairman of the Board at the Stamford, CT YMCA. In 2014, The Wall Street Journal ranked Herbert #10 on the publication’s list of top 20 performing CFO’s in the S&P 500. Herbert earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Lee University in Cleveland, TN.
Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer
Ralph Santana has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of HARMAN, since April 2013. With responsibility for the marketing organization across four business units,Santana drives all aspects of HARMAN’s worldwide marketing strategy, including 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 Santana’s leadership, HARMAN has built the most powerful audio brand portfolio in the industry, achieving a 50 percent increase in HARMAN’s car audio backlog in just two years to $6.6 billion and reaching an unprecedented 40 percent share of car audio around the world. HARMAN has also won more than 200 design & innovation awards over the last three years and was recently ranked number one in portable audio in Europe. Santana has also grown e-commerce 8X during his tenure and driven HARMAN’s flagship brands to their highest levels of awareness, search and equity.
Before joining HARMAN, Santana served as SVP and Chief Marketing Officer for Samsung 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 and put the Samsung brand at the center of culture.
His experience prior to Samsung included a 16-year career at PepsiCo that spanned multiple international and domestic leadership roles in marketing. In his last assignment at PepsiCo, Santana served as Vice President of Colas, where he spearheaded a massive creative overhaul and re-launch of Pepsi-Cola, which was 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 tenure at PepsiCo, Santana 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, Santana worked for Beverage Marketing Corporation of New York City as a beverage industry consultant designing market entry/expansion strategies.
Mr. Santana earned his undergraduate degree in English Literature from Dartmouth College and his MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.
David Slump has served as Executive Vice President Operations for Harman International Industries (NYSE: HAR) since April 2015. He is responsible for leading the global Supply Chain Management, Manufacturing, Quality and Real Estate functions across HARMAN's various lines of business. David previously served as the integration leader for building HARMAN Connected Services. From 2013 to 2015 he was President of Automotive Services in addition to his Global Procurement leadership role. From 2011 to 2013, David served as Executive Vice President, Corporate Development leading the team responsible for Strategy, M&A and Global Procurement across HARMAN. Prior to that, he served as President of the Consumer Division upon joining the company in 2009.
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 Landis & Gyr, GE, ABB and Commonwealth Edison. David holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Iowa State University and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Chicago.
Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resource Officer
John Stacey has served as Executive Vice President and Human Resources Officer of Harman International Industries (NYSE:HAR) since February of 2008. He reports to the Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer – Dinesh Paliwal and is a member of the Group Executive committee. He 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 is the principal contact to the Compensation and Options Committee of the Board of Directors. He is also a member of the CHRO Round table, an exclusive group made up of Human Resources professionals throughout the USA.
Previously, Mr. Stacey served in various senior human resources positions with global alcoholic beverage company Labatt/InBev for 18 years, from 1990 to 2008. Prior to joining Harman, his most recent position was Vice President, People for InBev North America, and previously was Vice President of People for InBev Eastern Europe. John started his career with Labatt in 1990 as Manager of Human Resources and from 1998 to 2000 he served as Regional Director Human Resources Labatt, Atlantic Canada. In June of 2000, he relocated to the USA to assume the role of VP Human Resources Labatt USA.
John is originally from Canada and has lived in four countries including, Belgium, Russia, Canada and the USA.
John earned his Bachelor of Commerce degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s Newfoundland, Canada. He currently lives in Monroe, CT and is married with three children.
Todd Suko has served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Harman International Industries, Incorporated (NYSE:HAR) since 2008. He reports to the Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Dinesh Paliwal, and is a member of the Group Executive Committee. He oversees all legal affairs of the company, including corporate transactions, litigation, intellectual property, insurance and risk management, corporate governance, and regulatory compliance.
Prior to joining Harman, Mr. Suko was the Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of UAP Holding Corp. (NASD:UAPH) from 2001 to 2008, where he also oversaw the environmental health and safety, transportation, and risk management functions. From 1996 to 2001, Mr. Suko was a litigator at McKenna & Cuneo, LLP in Washington D.C.
Mr. Suko earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Commerce from the University of Virginia McIntire School of Commerce and his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law. Prior to attending law school, Mr. Suko served as a Naval Flight Officer flying aircraft carrier based attack jets in the United States Navy and currently holds the rank of Commander in the Navy Reserve.
Mr. Suko is admitted to the bar in Washington, D.C., Virginia; and Connecticut (AHC) and is an active pilot.
Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer
Henry Tirri is Executive Vice President, Chief Technology Officer for 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 12,000 engineers throughout the world across HARMAN’s multiple units. Tirri reports to the Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Dinesh Paliwal and is a member of the Group Executive committee.
Henry joins HARMAN after a distinguished career spanning academia, entrepreneurialism and executive roles. Tirri has a broad technology background and diverse business experience on a global scale driving high technology products to market and running R&D operations across the world. His specific expertise lies in cutting edge technology development, product management and intellectual property business.
Prior to HARMAN, Henry held several positions of increasing responsibility with Nokia including EVP, Head of the Technologies Business and Chief Technology Advisor to the CEO (2014-2015). He 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 2011-2014 he served as Executive Vice President, 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, Head of the Nokia Research Center (NRC) from 2008-2011 charged with driving the research conducted at NRC laboratories worldwide with the mission of leveraging open innovation and collaboration with universities such as MIT, Stanford, UC Berkeley, UCLA, EPFL and Cambridge. Henry began his career with Nokia in 2004 serving is several roles including as a Research Fellow and Vice President, Head of Systems Research.
Henry’s career includes more than two decades working in academia at world renowned centers of advanced learning including Aalto University where he is currently an Executive in Residence and with the Helsinki Institute for Information Technology (HIIT) where he was named a HIIT Fellow – an honor only four scientists have ever been bestowed by the university. Henry has held senior tenured and adjunct professor roles with the University of California Berkeley, Stanford University and the University of Helsinki. In addition, he contributed to the United States NASA program’s activities in machine learning research as a visiting scientist.
Henry earned his Master’s of Science and PhD in Computer Science from the University of Helsinki and received an Honorary Doctorate (Dr.h.c.) from University of Tampere in Finland. Tirri is based in HARMAN’s corporate headquarters in Stamford, Connecticut but spends considerable amounts of time at many of the company’s critical locations in the United States, India, China, Germany, Hungary, Mexico and Brazil.