Panasonic avionics appoints chief engineer for software


Panasonic Avionics has appointed Chris VandenBerg as its new chief engineer (software), responsible for delivering the company’s highly complex, end-to-end software and acting as the company’s primary technical contact with customers. VandenBerg will report to CTO, Joe Bentley, and will lead a multi-disciplined team across Panasonic Avionics’ global sites.

Joe Bentley said of the appointment, “Our customers are always looking for new ways to deliver an enhanced passenger experience, generate revenue, increase passenger engagement and improve operational efficiencies. Robust and reliable software will be the foundation for the kinds of products and solutions that help them achieve their organisational goals.

“Chris has a wealth of experience in software design and development and is highly knowledgeable in delivering a final production product from its concept phase. I am delighted to welcome him back to Panasonic Avionics where he will again be a major asset to our team.”

VandenBerg has over 25 years of experience in software programming, hardware design and system architecture. He re-joins Panasonic Avionics from Safran Passenger Innovations, where he was Technical Fellow – head of software architecture from 2019, managing a team of software architectures and developers.

He has 14 years of experience of working at Panasonic Avionics, having joined as principal software engineer in 2004 and progressed to become CTO for global communications in 2016. During this time, he managed engineering teams in the company’s satellite communications division and designed the company’s Global IPTV system, including its first generation of IP back-haul and up-link distributions.

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