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Tom Gebhardt chairman and CEO of Panasonic Corp. of North America

Tom GebhardtPanasonic Corporation has named Tom Gebhardt to succeed Joseph M. Taylor as chairman and CEO of Panasonic Corporation of North America.

Mr. Gebhardt, a 32-year veteran of the company currently serving as president of Peachtree City, Ga.-based Panasonic Automotive Systems Company, will become Chairman and CEO effective April 1, 2017.

Mr. Gebhardt has led Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America since 2012.

During his career with the company, Mr. Gebhardt has served as President of Panasonic Industrial Group, President of Panasonic Factory Solutions Company of America, and General Manager of Panasonic Batteries.

Succeeding Mr. Gebhardt as President of Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America will be Scott Kirchner, who currently serves as the company’s Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President.

After almost 34 years with Panasonic Corporation’s principle US subsidiary, Mr. Taylor has chosen to retire.

During his seven years as Chairman and CEO, Mr. Taylor successfully led the company’s business transformation during which its primary focus shifted from consumer electronics products to B2B and B2G solutions, while also driving a culture of innovation.

Mr. Taylor, the first American executive officer and managing executive officer of the Panasonic Corporation, as well as the first non-Japanese to serve as Chairman & CEO of Panasonic Corporation of North America.

During his tenure as Chairman and CEO, Mr. Taylor received many tributes, including a doctorate in engineering honoris causa from the New Jersey Institute of Technology in 2010 and the 2016 Corporate Leadership Award from the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice.

Upon retiring, Mr. Taylor will assume the role of Vice Chairman of the company until December 31, 2017.

He will also serve as a strategic advisor to Lake Forest, CA-based Panasonic Avionics Corporation and as a board member of Panasonic Corp. of North America subsidiary Hussmann Corporation, which is based in Bridgeton, MO.


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