STAMFORD, CT – HARMAN International Industries, Incorporated (NYSE:HAR), the premier audio, infotainment and software services company, today named Phillip Eyler as Executive Vice President and President, Infotainment, effective immediately. Eyler was previously Senior Vice President & General Manager, Global Automotive Audio. He joins the HARMAN Executive Committee and reports to Dinesh C. Paliwal, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of HARMAN.
“Phil is a proven automotive leader with an impressive track record of results. After conducting an extensive search internally and externally, Phil’s experience, deep relationships with all major automakers globally and discipline for flawless execution make him ideally suited for this role,” said Paliwal. “Phil understands customer needs for tightly integrated connected car solutions and has a demonstrated history of producing industry-leading innovations. Phil will expedite the introduction of technologies that will accelerate next-gen connected driving, a pursuit HARMAN is well positioned to lead.”
In his new role, Eyler will lead the nearly $3 billion Infotainment division of HARMAN which develops integrated systems encompassing Augmented Navigation, Telematics, Multimedia, Connected Safety and Cyber Security solutions. He will oversee an organization of 7,500 employees, including top technology experts and engineers throughout the world. He will be based at the Company’s North America Automotive headquarters in Novi, Michigan.
Eyler’s tenure at HARMAN has spanned nearly two decades through leadership roles of increasing responsibility in Infotainment and Audio systems engineering, project management, quality and manufacturing. As Senior Vice President & General Manager, Global Automotive Audio, Eyler led sales, marketing, R&D, product engineering, and operations, while spearheading industry-first software platforms like Halosonic, Clari-Fi and Individual Sound Zones. Under his leadership during the last four years, HARMAN grew its automotive audio revenue from $650 million to approximately $1 billion, improved profitability, and more than doubled the order backlog. Prior to his current role, Eyler was responsible for North America Automotive including responsibility for Audio and Infotainment. During that time, Phil successfully led the product development and launch of the industry’s first scalable infotainment platform, contributing to HARMAN’s industry-leading infotainment backlog.
Eyler joined HARMAN in 1997. He earned a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Duke University, Fuqua School of Business and a Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering degree from Purdue University.
HARMAN (harman.com) designs and engineers connected products and solutions for consumers, automakers, and enterprises worldwide, including audio, visual and infotainment systems; enterprise automation solutions; and software services. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® , Mark Levinson ® and Revel®, HARMAN is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform around the world. HARMAN also is a technology and integration services leader for the Automotive, Mobile, Telecommunications and Enterprise markets. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. The Company's software solutions power billions of mobile devices and systems that are connected, integrated, personalized, adaptive and secure across all platforms, from the work and home to car and mobile. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 25,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.9 billion during the last 12 months ended March 31, 2015. The Company's shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol NYSE:HAR.