Ken Yasuda, HarmanNorthridge, CA (January 23, 2008)--Harman International Industries has announced that Ken Yasuda, president of Harman Japan, is expanding his responsibilities to assume the newly created position of country manager of Harman Japan.
In his new assignment, Yasuda will be responsible for the management of support functions that cross division 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, operational changes or restructurings, organizational and legal issues, and human-resource decisions.
Furthermore, Yasuda will serve as the chief spokesperson for Harman in Japan to build brand equity. He will also serve as liaison to the chief executive officer for implementation of group directives. Yasuda has served as president of Harman Japan since 1999 and is also chairman of the International Audio Society of Japan.
"The successful implementation of Harman's new best practices management program will play an important role in driving our long-term growth in Japan and throughout Asia," Yasuda says. "I am honored to have been selected to lead this initiative for Harman International, as I am convinced this approach will produce results that will directly benefit Harman customers in all professional, consumer and automotive market segments."
In addition to serving as president of Harman Japan--a position he has held since 1999--Yasuda is also chairman of the International Audio Society of Japan. The IASJ is a voluntary association of importers and manufacturers of advanced audio products. The group's objective is to promote the distribution and innovation of world-class audio products and related devices. It was formerly called the Society of Imported Audio Products Distributors.