HARMAN CEO Dinesh Paliwal to Deliver Fairfield University’s Charles F. Dolan Lecture


Media Contact: Teddy DeRosa, tderosa@fairfield.edu, 203-254-4000 ext. 2118

FAIRFIELD, Conn. (November 2, 2015) — Dinesh Paliwal, Chairman, President and CEO of HARMAN, will deliver Fairfield University’s annual Charles F. Dolan Lecture at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 11 in the Dolan School of Business Dining Room. Paliwal’s talk, "The War for Talent is Real – Who's Winning, Who's Losing and What's at Stake," is free and open to the public.

Seating is limited and reservations are required. For complimentary tickets, contact Patricia Pivarnik at 203-254-4307 or ppivarnik@fairfield.edu

HARMAN is a global company that designs and engineers connected solutions for consumers, automakers, and enterprises worldwide. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems and its leading audio brands are admired by audiophiles, musicians and the in entertainment venues where they are used around the world.

Ranked as one of FORTUNE’S Business People of the Year, Paliwal will share with students, faculty, alumni and the public his experiences building a successful workforce in today’s global business landscape. When Paliwal took the position to run HARMAN in 2007 the company was experiencing declining sales and a stale product line. Paliwal realized that in order to transform the company he needed to start first with its people.

“If there’s a ‘war for talent,’ Fairfield University certainly wants to provide companies a way to win it,” said Dolan School Dean, Donald E. Gibson. “This is a terrific opportunity for our students and faculty to hear from a global leader with farsighted ideas about how to manage people effectively in a far-flung enterprise.”

During his first 18 months at HARMAN, Paliwal rebuilt the entire leadership team. Paliwal’s focus is not only finding the best employees in today’s market, but also putting an emphasis on mentoring and employee development programs. Headquartered in Stamford, CT, HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 27,000 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia. 

The Charles F. Dolan Lecture series was established in 2001 and features highly accomplished, visionary and internationally recognized business leaders.

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Fairfield University is a Jesuit University, rooted in one of the world’s oldest intellectual and spiritual traditions. More than 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students from 36 states, 47 foreign countries, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico are enrolled in the University’s five schools.  In the spirit of rigorous and sympathetic inquiry into all dimensions of human experience, Fairfield welcomes students from diverse backgrounds to share ideas and engage in open conversations. The University is located in the heart of a region where the future takes shape, on a stunning campus on the Connecticut coast just an hour from New York City.

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