Dinesh Paliwal

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Dinesh C. Paliwal
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Dinesh C. Paliwal
Born Dinesh C. Paliwal
(1957-12-17) 17 December 1957 (age 58)
Agra, India
Residence United States
Alma mater B.E. from the Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee; MS in Applied Science and Engineering and MBA in Finance from Miami University (Oxford, Ohio).
Occupation Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Harman International Industries
Spouse(s) Ila Sharma
Children two

Dinesh C. Paliwal is Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Harman International Industries – a provider of audio and infotainment systems for the automotive, consumer and professional markets.

Dinesh, a US citizen, has lived and worked in Australia, China, India, Singapore, Switzerland, and the United States[citation needed]. He earned an MS degree in Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (Roorkee, India); MS in Applied Science and Engineering and MBA in Finance from Miami University (Oxford, Ohio). Before joining Harman he worked at the ABB Group as President Global Markets and Technology.[1] During his 22 years with ABB, he held management positions in five countries[2] and was instrumental in the company’s dramatic turnaround during the period 2002–2007.[3]

In addition to the Harman board, Dinesh serves as a member of the board of Bristol-Myers Squibb. He has served on the boards TYCO International, ADT and Embarq Corporation and is a member of the Business Roundtable based in Washington, DC. He has served previously as Chairman of the National Foreign Trade Council, ABB India Ltd., Lummus Global (an oil and gas technology company) and as a Director for the US China Business Council, US India Business Council, and International Swimming Hall of Fame. He also served for three years as Economic Advisor to the Governor of Guangdong Province, China.

In 2010, Paliwal was named Metro New York Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst and Young,[4] and received the Indian American Achiever Award by the Global Organization of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO).[5] He received the Pinnacle Award as one of the Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business 2012 by Asian American Business Development Center.

Early life[edit]

He was born December 17, 1957 in Agra, India one of seven children in a family of modest means. He married Ila Sharma after attending University of Roorkee. Dinesh Paliwal’s father, Ram Chandra Paliwal, was a nationally renowned social leader who worked closely with Mahatma Gandhi and other leaders in India’s freedom movement[citation needed]. He obtained an engineering degree with merit from the University of Roorkee (now renamed as the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee), India. He was later awarded a full scholarship to pursue advanced degrees in Engineering and Management at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, USA.

He left India in 1981, but still visits frequently with his family and for business activities. His wife, son and daughter are all accomplished musicians.

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