Panasonic North America names new CTO

The Japanese company's North American arm taps Todd Rytting to help it become a "solutions provider for enterprises."


Panasonic Corp. of North America announced this morning that it has appointed Todd Rytting as chief technology officer.

He replaces Eisuke Tsuyuzaki, who left Panasonic in March "to pursue other opportunities," the company says.

In addition to the new role, he will keep his prior one as president and CEO of Panasonic Electric Works Laboratory of America, which is based in Salt Lake City.

Panasonic says it liked Rytting's experience in managing engineering teams across disciplines; Rytting has done so for the company's energy management, device networking and robotics solutions businesses. He "aligns well with Panasonic's direction as a solutions provider for enterprises," Panasonic NA chief executive Joseph Taylor said.

Translation: more services are in the pipeline.

Rytting has worked for Panasonic since 2005, when the giant acquired the startup he was working for, the networking infrastructure company emWare. Among the highlights of his career: managing engineering teams that produced state-of-the-art robotics systems for the entertainment industry and non-destructive testing systems for aerospace applications.

It's a good fit for Panasonic's B2B interests on the continent. Or as that company officially says, "innovative synergy." But I wouldn't do that to you, now would I?


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