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Harman Adds to Pro Group CEO’s Role

Blake Augsburger will also serve as "country manager" of Harman USA.

Northridge, CA–Harman International Industries has expanded the role of Blake Augsburger, president and CEO of the Harman Pro Group. He now assumes the newly created position of country manager, Harman USA. In his new assignment, Augsburger will report directly to Harman International CEO Dinesh Paliwal.

Blake AugsburgerAs country manager of Harman USA, Augsburger will be responsible for the management of support functions that cross divisional and business lines. He will serve as the country champion for functional best practices and will directly participate in such business activities as project risk review, large supply contracts or investment proposals, significant operational changes or restructurings, organizational and legal issues, and key human resource decisions. Furthermore, he will serve as the chief spokesperson for Harman in the United States to build brand equity. He will also serve as liaison to the chief executive officer for implementation of group directives.

I look forward to my new responsibilities, Augsburger said. This new position represents the first step in the evolution of Harmans organizational structure which will include the appointment of a country manager in a few strategic countries. We believe this approach will help to leverage synergies across multiple Harman businesses while improving consistency among business processes in the companys major markets.

Augsburger first joined Harman International Industries in July 2001, when he was appointed president of Crown International, a Harman company based in Elkhart, Indiana. He served as president of Crown until June 2006 when he was promoted to the president and CEO of the Harman Pro Group.