STAMFORD, Connecticut – HARMAN International Industries, Incorporated (NYSE:HAR), the premium global audio and infotainment group, today announced that effective November 4, Paula Davis will serve as Vice President of Corporate Affairs and Communications, reporting to Harman Chairman, President and CEO Dinesh C. Paliwal. She will have responsibility for global communications, corporate social responsibility, community relations and change management.
“Paula brings to Harman a unique blend of experience and expertise in corporate communications and sustainability, having led these efforts for other premier consumer and business-to-business companies. Importantly, she also embodies the passion, creativity and collaborative spirit that Harman values,” said Mr. Paliwal. “To advance Harman’s aggressive growth strategy, we want to engage our people around the world in our mission and tell our innovation story to our constituents in a powerful way. Communications will play a lead role in these endeavors, and we are excited that Paula will be at the helm.”
Ms. Davis is currently president of 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.
Ms. Davis will be based at Harman’s headquarters in Stamford, Connecticut.
HARMAN designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 14,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.3 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013. The company’s shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol NYSE:HAR. Please visit www.harman.com for more information.