Industry Mourns Loss of Harman
Condolences and remembrances flowed in throughout the day on Wednesday from all over the consumer electronics world following news of the death of industry giant Dr. Sidney Harman. The founder of Harmon/Kardon, which became Harman International, the former CEO died Tuesday night of leukemia at the age of 92.
“Sidney was a true industry leader who revolutionized the music industry,” Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of CEA, said in a statement. “He was one of the inaugural inductees into the Consumer Electronics Hall of Fame in 2000, an award that commemorates the impact icons like Sidney had on our industry. With the passing of Sidney, we have lost a good friend and mentor.”
Also issuing condolences was Harman's successor as CEO of Harman International, Dinesh Paliwal.
“His legacy of leading-edge innovation and premium quality will continue to live on at Harman and I am grateful to Dr. Harman for the trust he placed in the company’s management to carry on his legacy” Paliwal, the company's president, chairman and CEO, said Wednesday.
Harman, in a statement, added that its founder will be remembered for "his great charm, his curiosity, his philanthropic and public service interests, and his genuine kindness to employees and customers alike."
Those of us here at North American Publishing Co. and Consumer Technology Publishing Group extend our most heartfelt condolences to Harman's family.
"I interviewed Dr. Sidney Harman in the early 90's. It was a typical face-to-face interview with questions about his audio legacy, business acumen and thoughts on the future," CustomRetailer and E-Gear editor-in-chief Maureen Jenson said.
"What was not typical, and speaks volumes about the man, is that he never forgot that interview and for years to follow, when I was at a trade show or a conference he always made a point to ask me how the magazine business was and hold a little conversation. That's how I will remember Dr. Harman; an astute businessman and audiophile, who always had a twinkle in his eye and some time for the everyman."