Dinesh Paliwal is president and chief executive officer of HARMAN, a connected technologies company serving the automotive, consumer and enterprise markets.
Dinesh joined HARMAN in 2007 and transformed the company into a customer-centric and innovation driven technology leader, expanding the company’s business in high-growth emerging markets, instituting best-in-class operating processes and positioning the company as the premier tier one partner to automotive companies around the world. In addition to serving as president and CEO, Dinesh served as chairman of the Board of Directors of HARMAN from 2008 to March 2017 when the company was acquired by Samsung Electronics for US $8 billion.
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 and chief executive officer of ABB North America. Most notably, he achieved profitable growth for the multi-billion North American operation following 18 years of losses.
In addition to the HARMAN Board, Dinesh serves on the boards of Bristol-Myers Squibb and Raytheon Company. He is a member of the CEO Business Roundtable and serves on the corporate advisory boards of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The Wilson Center, and the India Business Advisory Council of Lincoln Center. He also serves on the board of directors of the U.S.-India Business Council (USIBC) and the Business Advisory Council of the Farmer School of Business, Miami University.
In 2014, Fortune magazine named him to their “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 Dinesh with its Music Innovation Award, and in 2016, he was honored by Breakthrough, a global nonprofit, for his contributions to advancing women’s causes. In 2017, Dinesh was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor from The National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations (NECO).
Dinesh holds a master’s in engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT Roorkee). He also earned both a master’s in applied science and engineering and an MBA from Miami University of Ohio.