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IRVINE, Calif., July 25, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Panasonic Avionics Corporation (Panasonic Avionics) today announced several new leadership appointments following the successful launch of its new in-flight entertainment (IFE) seat end solution, Astrova. The company’s announcement comes amid a broad recovery in the airline industry and a sustained increase in passenger traffic.

Ken SainPresident and CEO of Panasonic Avionics, said, “Panasonic approaches 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 just 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 we are announcing today will build on this momentum.

The Company announced that Satyen Yadav will join Panasonic Avionics as chief technology officer on August 8, 2022. Yadav will be responsible for leading all aspects of the enterprise software and systems, cloud, hardware, and IT/security engineering teams. He will be a key member of the Panasonic Avionics leadership team and will be directly responsible for an organization of over 800 employees across all 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. Previously, he served as Global Chief Technology Officer for Boeing’s Digital Solutions and Analytics businesses. He succeeds Joe Bentleywho has held the position since July 2020 and is leaving the company at the end of the month.

John Wade will join the company as Vice President, Connectivity Solutions on August 1, 2022. 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 closely with sales, engineering and product management to drive revenue and support airlines worldwide. Wade is an industry-recognized expert who most recently served as president of commercial aviation at Intelsat, which acquired GoGo’s business aviation business in 2020.

Panasonic Avionics also announced that Tom Escola will take on a new role as Vice President, Panasonic Technical Services. Eskola brings to this position an in-depth knowledge of Panasonic and a commitment to its customers. He joined the company over a decade ago and most recently served as Vice President and General Manager of Europe, Middle Eastand Africa region (EMEA). Eskola will continue with its EMEA responsibilities until the company appoints its replacement.

Eskola succeeds Sean Gavin. Gavin had a successful 14-year career with Panasonic and will be leaving the company in mid-August.

About Panasonic Avionics Corporation

Panasonic Avionics Corporation is the world’s leading supplier of inflight entertainment and communication systems. The company has pioneered the industry since 1979 and has consistently introduced innovations that enable unique customer experiences and improve airline loyalty (NPS), ancillary revenue and operational efficiency.

Major airlines around the world have chosen to install Panasonic Avionics IFE systems on more than 15,000 commercial aircraft and satellite Wi-Fi connectivity on more than 3,400 aircraft. Panasonic Avionics’ proven systems power approximately 70% of the global IFE-equipped fleet and are supported by the world’s largest support and services team using OEM information to ensure optimal system performance.

Panasonic Avionics Corporation is headquartered in California with more than 3,500 employees and operates in 50 locations around the world.

For more information, please visit www.panasonic.aero

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