December 12, 2011 -- FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
HARMAN CEO Dinesh Paliwal Receives Prestigious Corporate Leadership Award From American India Foundation
STAMFORD, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
Dinesh Paliwal, President, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of
HARMAN (NYSE: HAR) was honored with the American India Foundation (AIF)
Corporate Leadership Award at AIF's 10th annual gala on
Saturday, December 10. In its theme of "Celebrating a Decade of Impact,"
the gala recognizes the outstanding leadership of individuals committed
to creating long-term change and impact in India from both the
subcontinent itself and the United States.
Dinesh Paliwal, Chairman, President, and CEO of HARMAN (Photo: Business Wire)
Mr. Paliwal has been driving entrepreneurship and leading-edge
innovation for the leading global provider of premium audio and
infotainment solution for the past five years over a career spanning
nearly three decades. In 2010, Mr. Paliwal was named Metro New York
Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young, and also received the Indian
American Achiever Award from the Global Organization of People of Indian
Origin (GOPIO). He has served on numerous boards and councils, including
the US India Business Council.
"I'm deeply honored to be recognized by the AIF. Their work to aid
disadvantaged and impoverished communities is truly an inspiration, and
I applaud the AIF's commitment toward catalyzing social and economic
change in India," Paliwal said. "Being born and raised in Agra and
having spent all of my professional life working and living all over the
world, I see the opportunity to continue to build the bridge between our
nations and the benefits that we can create for the most impoverished. I
look forward to continuing to work with the AIF for the years to come."
Mr. Paliwal was joined by four internationally acclaimed artists at the
star-studded event — two-time Academy Award-winning composer A.R. Rahman
who received the AIF Spirit of India Award; legendary composer and
producer Quincy Jones, who served as Honorary Gala Chair; popular
singer/songwriter Michael Bolton, and Bollywood superstar Sunidhi
Chauhan. A. R. Rahman is an ambassador for JBL's Hear the truth
campaign, while Quincy Jones collaborated with Harman to create the
highly regarded AKG Quincy Jones Signature Line Headphones.
Since its founding in 2001, AIF has raised and deployed more than $70
million to support its programs that have impacted the lives of 1.5
million of India's most impoverished and marginalized individuals in the
areas of education, livelihoods and public health. President Bill
Clinton serves as Honorary Chair and Nobel Laureate Professor Dr.
Amartya Sen chairs the Advisory Council. AIF provides a nationwide
platform for collective philanthropy with chapters in New York, the San
Francisco Bay Area, New England, Chicago, and Washington DC in addition
to Southern California.
designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment
solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets —
supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG, Harman Kardon, Infinity,
JBL, Lexicon and Mark Levinson. The company is admired by audiophiles
across multiple generations and supports leading professional
entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 20 million
automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and
infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 12,500 people
across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported sales of $4.0 billion
for the 12 months ended September 30, 2011. The company's shares are
traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol NYSE: HAR.
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Darrin Shewchuk, 203-328-3834
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