It is with deep sadness that we at HARMAN announce the passing of our company’s Founder and Chairman Emeritus, Dr. Sidney Harman. Following an extraordinary life of business achievement and public service, Dr. Harman was claimed by a sudden and unexpected illness on April 12, 2011.
“Sidney Harman’s legacy of leading-edge innovation and premium quality will continue to live on at HARMAN,” said Dinesh C. Paliwal, the company’s Chairman, President and CEO. “I am grateful to Dr. Harman for the trust he placed in his successors to carry on these remarkable traditions. He will be long be remembered for his charm, curiosity, philanthropic interests, and dedication to both employees and customers.
Dr. Sidney Harman co-founded the business that bears his name in 1953. Blending an early interest in audio and the arts with his doctoral studies in business and education, he introduced one of the first FM radio tuners and the world’s very first stereo receiver. This passion led to countless other innovations, including the early Harman-Kardon stereo systems that are still coveted by enthusiasts from every generation.
In 1977, Dr. Harman took a brief detour from his audio career to assume a post in public service as Deputy Secretary of the United States Department of Commerce. He returned to the business in 1980 and, within 15 years, had consummated a dozen new acquisitions, creating the powerhouse of brands that differentiates HARMAN today. He retired from service to the company in 2008.
Thanks in large measure to Dr. Harman’s passion, the company’s integration capabilities enable us to express the best of our diverse technologies as highly satisfying lifestyle experiences. As Dr. Harman once so aptly put it, “We define infotainment as the art and science of reducing a set of complex functions to a single, simple, integrated solution.”Amidst these remarkable business achievements, Dr. Harman has touched lives in many ways.
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