Northridge, Calif. — Harman International Industries has given Blake Augsburger, president/CEO of the Harman Pro Group, additional responsibilities, scheduled to begin on Jan. 1, when he assumes the newly created position of country manager — Harman USA.
In his new assignment, Augsburger will report directly to Harman International CEO Dinesh Paliwal.
As country manager of Harman USA, Augsburger will be responsible for the management of support functions that cross divisional and business lines, Harman said.
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.
Augsburger first joined Harman International Industries in July 2001, when he was appointed president of Crown International, a Harman company based in Elkhart, Ind., and was named president/CEO of the Harman Pro Group in June 2006.