Sidney Harman

Harman International

Sidney Harman is one of the handful of pioneers who began the high-fidelity industry with the founding of Harman/Kardon, Inc. in 1952. Harman/Kardon grew into Harman International Industries, an S&P 500 company of which he is Chairman. He is widely known for the Quality of Working Life programs he initiated at the Company’s plants and especially so for the program at Bolivar, Tennessee (begun in 1969), which has become a model for such activities in American industry and a principal case study at business schools in the United States and abroad. For three years, Dr. Harman was President of Friends World College, a worldwide experimental Quaker college. He is the founder and an active member of the Program on Technology, Public Policy and Human Development at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, and a member of the Advisory Committee of the Science, Technology and Public Policy Program at the same institution. Dr. Harman was also a principal donor and sponsor of Washington D.C.’s Harman Center for the Arts and its new Sidney Harman Hall. He is the co-author, with Daniel Yankelovich, of Starting With The People, and the author of Mind Your Own Business. Having served on the boards of numerous leading education, public service and philanthropic organizations, Dr. Harman has been a trustee of the Martin Luther King Center for Social Change, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Public Agenda Foundation and The Carter Center. Dr. Harman serves on the Boards of Freedom House, The Aspen Institute, BENS (Business Executives for National Security) and The Harman Family Foundation. He is a member of the Trilateral Commission, the Council on Foreign Relations and the Council on Competiveness.