Two new executives are joining the senior ranks at Panasonic Avionics, and a third is getting a promotion. The company announced the changes as part of its drive to capture value from the broad recovery for the airline industry and sustained increases in passenger traffic.
Panasonic is entering this period of renewed industry demand from a position of innovation and strength. Our new Astrova product has been enthusiastically received by our customers and is but one example of how we have transformed our business to better develop our products and serve our customers. I am confident that the leadership changes that we are announcing today will build on this momentum.– Ken Sain, Chief Executive Officer of Panasonic Avionics
John Wade will join the company as Vice President, Connectivity Solutions on August 1, 2022. Wade most recently served as President of Commercial Aviation at Intelsat, coming over from Gogo into that role when Intelsat acquired the Gogo Commercial Aviation division in 2020.
Wade will be responsible for the overall strategy, performance, and day-to-day operations of the Connectivity business unit. He will oversee a team of network capacity engineers and satellite experts, while working very closely with sales, engineering, and product management to drive revenue and support airlines worldwide.
Satyen Yadav will also join Panasonic Avionics, taking on the role of Chief Technology Officer on August 8, 2022. Yadav will be responsible for leading all aspects of the company’s software and systems engineering teams, cloud, hardware, and IT/security. Yadav will serve as a key member of Panasonic Avionics’ executive team and be directly responsible for an organization of over 800 employees spread across Panasonic’s Irvine, California headquarters, as well as the Bay Area office and other global locations.
Yadav joins Panasonic Avionics from Compute North, a leader in sustainable data centers. Prior to that role, he served as Global Chief Technology Officer for Boeing Digital Solutions and Analytics business. He succeeds Joe Bentley, who has held the position since July 2020 and is leaving the company at the end of the month.
Finally, Tom Eskola will take on a new role as Vice President, Panasonic Technical Services. Eskola brings the deep knowledge of more than a decade of history at PAC to this position.
Eskola most recently has served as Vice President and General Manager of the Europe, Middle East, and Africa region (EMEA). Eskola will continue his EMEA responsibilities until the company names his replacement. Eskola succeeds Sean Gavin. Gavin had a successful 14-year career with Panasonic Avionics and will be leaving the company in mid-August.
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