Harman Int'l Appoints 2 Execs To Lead Auto Division

Audio and entertainment products maker said Sachin Lawande and Michael Mauser will be co-presidents of its automotive unit, replacing Klaus Blickle.

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Audio and entertainment products maker Harman International Industries Inc. said Wednesday it has named two executives to lead its automotive division, replacing Klaus Blickle who is leaving the company.

Harman said Sachin Lawande and Michael Mauser will be unit co-presidents and members of the company's executive committee, reporting to the CEO.

Mauser, based in Karlsbad, Germany, will direct automotive engineering and manufacturing, responsibile for project management and quality and interfacting with customers on current projects. He will also direct the division's regional heads in Asia and Americas. Mauser most recently was CFO of the automotive division.

Lawande, based at Harman's corporate headquarters in Stamford, Connecticut, will direct the division's strategic business units for audio, branded audio and infotainment, along with its technology centers across Asia, Europe and North America. Lawande will remain the company's chief technology officer.

Blickle had served as division head since 2008. The company didn't state a reason for his departure.

Shares fell $1.28, or 2.6 percent, to $48.34 in afternoon trading.