Dinesh Paliwal

Dinesh Paliwal

President and CEO, HARMAN

Dinesh Paliwal is president and chief executive officer of HARMAN, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Dinesh joined HARMAN in 2007 and has transformed the company into a customer-centric and innovation driven technology leader, expanding the company’s business in high-growth emerging markets, instituting best-in-class operating processes that have resulted in significant top and bottom-line growth, and positioning the company as the premier tier one partner to automotive companies around the world. In addition to serving as president and CEO, Dinesh served as chairman of the Board of Directors of HARMAN from 2008 to March 2017 when the company was acquired by Samsung Electronics for US$8 billion.

In 2017, Dinesh was named to the inaugural Recode 100, which recognizes the year’s most influential people in tech, business and media. In addition, B’nai B’rith International honored Dinesh with its Distinguished Achievement Award, and he was named an Ellis Island Medal of Honor recipient by the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations (NECO), one of the nation’s most prestigious awards, which celebrates patriotism, tolerance and diversity.

Dinesh also has been recently honored by global nonprofit Breakthrough for his contributions to advancing women’s causes, and The T.J. Martell Foundation, which recognized him with its Music Innovation Award.

In 2015, Dinesh was named to Yahoo Finance’s short list of five-star CEOs and in 2014 was named to Fortune magazine’s “Business Person of the Year” list. In 2012, Dinesh was inducted into the International Honor Society Beta Gamma Sigma, and the Asian American Business Development Center presented him with the “Pinnacle Award.” In 2011, the American India Foundation (AIF) honored him for “Corporate Leadership.” In 2010, Ernst & Young named him “Entrepreneur of the Year” for the New York region, and the Global Organization of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO) honored him with “Indian American Achiever” Award.

Dinesh holds a master’s in engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT Roorkee). He also earned both a master’s in applied science and engineering and an MBA from Miami University of Ohio.