If you have listened to music today, chances are that you have used one of Dinesh Paliwal’s products. He is the CEO of Harman, the six-decade- old iconic company that has become synonymous to quality high-end audio products.
It owns more than twenty prominent brands like Harman Kardon, JBL, Beckor, AKG and Lexicon. With it’s audio products adorning everything from luxury cars to living rooms of millions—there is only one reason behind Harman's survival. In the digital, smart age, it has banked on the vision of Dinesh, who has been leading the company since 2007.
Dinesh has a Masters in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, along with another Masters degree in Engineering and an MBA from the Miami University.
In his long career, Dinesh has become a turnaround specialist.
The most prominent example before Harman being the turnaround of power, automation and robotics giant ABB.
As a President in-charge of ABB Automation and later as a President of Global Markets and Technology, Dinesh is generally recognised for turning around the floundering giant between 2002 and 2007. Now at Harman, Dinesh has made the company the go-to destination for quality audio products. and also has his gaze firmly set on the future.
Dinesh has received the Indian American Achiever Award from the Global Organisation of People of Indian Origin. For his achievement, he received the Pinnacle Award as one of the Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business from the Asian American Business Development Centre.