ABB, the Zurich, Switzerland-based automation supplier, announced on May 10 that Dinesh Paliwal, president, Global Markets and Technology, and a member of the Group Executive Committee, will leave ABB at the end of June to become president, chief executive officer and vice chairman of Harman International Industries, a Washington, D.C.-based manufacturer of audio products and automotive electronics systems.
"Dinesh Paliwal had an outstanding and long global career within ABB and he made very strong contributions as a key member of the top management team to move ABB forward," said ABB President and Chief Executive Officer Fred Kindle.
"The Executive Committee and his ABB colleagues regret his departure and we will miss Dinesh's energy and professionalism and wish him well in his new role," Kindle added.
In 1985, Paliwal, an Indian and U.S. citizen, joined AccuRay Corp. as a systems engineer and project manager. This company was later acquired by ABB. As his career progressed, he has held a wide variety of roles and responsibilities spanning ABB's businesses and regions.
Since 2001, Paliwal has been a member of the Executive Committee, where he was at first responsible for the Automation Technologies division and since 2006 has served as president, Global Markets and Technology.
In 2004, Paliwal assumed additional responsibility as chairman and chief executive officer of ABB in North America. He has also held the chairmanship of ABB Lummus Global, a project management unit, since 2006 and ABB India since 2004. ABB has initiated a search for Paliwal’s successor.