Stamford, CT (May 13, 2016)—Mohit Parasher has been named executive vice president and president of Harman Professional Solutions, effective immediately. He is now responsible for all worldwide operations, strategy and performance of the Professional Solutions division, and will be based at the headquarters for Professional Solutions in Northridge, CA.
Parasher, 47, was previously vice president and general manager for Harman’s Consumer Audio and Professional Solutions businesses in Asia Pacific—the position which saw his entry into the company in 2014. With the move, he will join the Harman Executive Committee and report to Dinesh C. Paliwal, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Harman.
Prior to Harman, Parasher was CEO of Retail at Bharti Airtel, a company of 1,200 retail stores. He also served as CEO and executive director for Beetel Teletech, a Bharti enterprise, where he reportedly turned that company profitable in his first three quarters on the job. Much of his career was spent with Sony where he managed market development across the world, including in the UK, Poland, India, Lebanon, Morocco and United Arab Emirates. In addition, Parasher served on the Supervisory Board of Sony Germany and the Board of Sony Europe. He has a Master of Business Administration from the University of Pune and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Allahabad. He also received an executive management education from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.
Blake Augsburger, who previously headed the Professional Solutions division, will stay with the company for a brief transition period before retiring from pro audio to pursue other business interests. “Blake has been extremely influential in the evolution of Harman’s Professional portfolio, most recently leading the extension of our capabilities beyond audio and into lighting and enterprise solutions,” said Paliwal. “We are grateful for his many contributions to the success of the company and wish him well in his future endeavors.”