STAMFORD, CT – HARMAN International Industries, Incorporated (NYSE:HAR), the premier audio, infotainment and software services company, today announced that Yijing H. Brentano has joined the Company as Vice President of Strategy and Investor Relations, reporting to Dinesh C. Paliwal, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, and Sandra Rowland, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of HARMAN. Effective June 8, Brentano oversees Investor Relations, including communications with shareholders, buy-side analysts, sell-side analysts and third-party regulatory bodies. She also will work with Paliwal and the HARMAN senior leadership team on the Company’s corporate strategy.
“Yijing’s depth of technology, financial and management expertise as well as her understanding of global markets will help HARMAN communicate our strategy and tell our story at a time when the Company is driving exciting transformations in our businesses,” said Rowland. “Yijing has proven herself as an effective leader who understands rapidly changing dynamics in technology sectors relevant to HARMAN and the industries we serve. We are confident she will be a valuable addition to the HARMAN team.”
Brentano most recently served as Founder and Managing Partner of Green Tree Advisory, a consultancy that aids start-up companies with strategic and financial planning and connects them with suppliers, business partners and consumers in China. Prior to that, she spent 17 years at telecommunications company Sprint Corp. in multiple leadership roles, most recently serving as Vice President of Strategic Initiatives and Mobile Health. In addition to functional roles in Finance, Investor Relations and International Wholesale, where she managed a global sales team, Brentano also held positions at Sprint with direct P&L responsibility in emerging businesses, managing commercial relationships, technology labs and the company’s move into mobile health. Before Sprint, Brentano served as a senior consultant for Ernst & Young.
Brentano has been recognized as a top-ranked Investor Relations professional by Institutional Investor magazine and received the CMO Asia Women Leadership Award in 2013. She was also named to Ingram’s 40 Under Forty Class of 2010 and recognized as one of Kansas City’s 50 most influential women by KC Business Magazine in 2008. She is a Certified Treasury Professional, holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Kansas and a Master's degree in Business Administration from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
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.