03 December 2013 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
STAMFORD, Connecticut – HARMAN International Industries, Incorporated (NYSE:HAR), the premium global audio and infotainment group, today announced that Bill Russo has joined the company as Vice President of Corporate Development for Harman’s North East Asia & China operations, with primary reporting to David Jin, Chairman & President of Harman North East Asia & China. Mr. Russo also reports to Sandra Rowland, Vice President, Corporate Development and Investor Relations for Harman International. He has responsibility for new business development, regional growth initiatives, strategy deployment and related communications.
“Bill comes to Harman with more than 25 years of automotive industry experience, including 10 years in China. His deep knowledge of the automotive sector and extensive networks will help accelerate Harman’s plans to grow our share of the automotive markets, including infotainment, branded audio and integration services,” said Jin. “We are confident Bill will help strengthen our relationships in the region and make significant contributions to our business.”
Mr. Russo most recently was President and CEO of Synergistics Limited, an Asia-based business development advisory firm. From 2004 to 2008, he served as Vice President of Chrysler Group’s North East Asia business, where he directed operations for the regional markets. While at Chrysler, he served in roles of increasing responsibility, including oversight of Product and Business Strategy. Earlier in his career, he worked in the global services and technology divisions for IBM Corporation.
Mr. Russo has published numerous articles and is a frequently quoted expert in the major financial media on developments occurring in the global automotive industry. He regularly speaks at major automotive industry conferences and events.
Mr. Russo holds a Master of Science degree in Manufacturing Systems Engineering from Lehigh University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Columbia University.
Mr. Russo will be based at Harman’s North East Asia headquarters in Shanghai, China.
HARMAN (www.HARMAN.com) 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.