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Panasonic announces new European CEO
Panasonic Europe B.V has announces the retirement of Laurent Abadie on March 31st 2019 and the appointment of his successor, Junichi Suzuki to take place on 1st April 2019.
Mr Suzuki will become Chairman & CEO, Panasonic Europe Ltd. while also inheriting from Laurent Abadie the responsibility as COO, Panasonic Holding (Netherlands) B.V. and as Regional Head for Europe & CIS as well as becoming Managing Director, Panasonic Marketing Europe GmbH. ‘We see two important trends emerging: the need for a carbon-free society and an ever-increasing aging society. I’ve been living nearly 30 years in Europe and I believe that Europe is already leading the world on both. Panasonic’s over-arching mission has always been to contribute to society and I look forward to working with my colleagues in Europe to meet the requirements of these trends to do so," says Junichi Suzuk, in a press release. "My personal mission is to ensure that Panasonic is the leading technology and solutions provider in Europe in these areas, with a particular focus on our heating and cooling solutions, Automotive, and on “Future Lifestyles in the home”. Our efforts in the coming years will therefore focus on further developing local R&D activities and strengthening the organisation to continuously understand and predict the future," he continues. Mr. Suzuki, currently Managing Director of Panasonic Russia Ltd as well as Panasonic Marketing CIS, will take the role as CEO of Panasonic Europe and as regional head for Europe & CIS including all other above named responsibilities from 1st April 2019. Mr. Abadie joined Panasonic on 1st March 2004 as Deputy Managing Director of Panasonic France and became Executive Officer of Panasonic Corporation in April 2008.