Augsburger Named Country Manager, Harman USA

International Industries, Incorporated has announced that Blake Augsburger,
President & CEO of the Harman Pro Group, expanded his responsibilities on
January 1, when he assumed the newly created position of Country Manager –

In his new assignment, Augsburger reports directly to Harman International
Chief Executive Officer Dinesh Paliwal.

As Country Manager of Harman

Augsburger is responsible for the management of support functions that cross
divisional and business lines. He serves as the country champion for functional
best practices and directly participates 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 serves as the chief spokesperson for
Harman in the

United States
to build brand equity. He also serves as liaison to the chief executive officer
for implementation of group directives.

“I look forward to my new responsibilities,” Augsburger says.
“This new position represents the first step in the evolution of Harman’s
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 company’s major markets.”

Augsburger first joined Harman International Industries, Incorporated in July
2001, when he was appointed President of Crown International, a Harman company
based in

Indiana. He served as President of Crown
until June 2006 when he was promoted to the position of President & Chief
Executive Officer of the Harman Pro Group.

Prior to joining Crown, Augsburger was Vice President and General Manager for
two high voltage test and measurement equipment manufacturers owned and
operated by Hubbell Incorporated: Hipotronics of Brewster,
York and Haefely Test AG of


His seven-year tenure with Hubbell also included Vice President positions in
engineering, operations, and worldwide sales and marketing. Augsburger was
awarded Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering from
University in



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