Panasonic Avionics appoints new CTO


August 23, 2017 – Panasonic Avionics today announced the appointment of David Bartlett as its new chief technology officer (CTO) and chief information security officer (CISO). He will be responsible for the continued development of Panasonic Avionics’ technology roadmap.

Bartlett has extensive experience in software and the Internet of Things (IoT), having previously served as CTO of GE Aviation and most recently as CTO of ‘Current by GE’. GE Aviation is a provider of jet and turboprop engines, components and integrated systems. Current by GE blends LED lighting and solar solutions with networked sensors and software with the aim of making cities and buildings energy efficient and smart.

Mark Jennings, COO at Panasonic Avionics Corporation said: “We believe that David’s background in IoT, mobility, and security will ensure that we maintain a leadership position as we deliver our next-generation digital cabin solutions to our airline customers.”

Over the course of his career, Bartlett also held several management positions at IBM, including director of IBM Europe’s software development lab, and VP of EMEA support and services. He also led IBM’s Autonomic Computing program strategy at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center. And as IBM’s VP of Smarter Physical Infrastructure, he led digital projects in transportation, smart grid and smart buildings, where he was named one of the ‘top 15 people in the world to watch’ in intelligent buildings.

David Bartlett stated, “I am thrilled to join this forward-thinking and innovative technology business in the aerospace sector. Panasonic’s technological solutions have been supporting airlines and delighting their passengers for many years. The road ahead is exciting and full of enormous opportunities to safely and securely deliver a premium experience.”

Bartlett earned his bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry at New York State University and completed the computer science masters program at the University of Minnesota. He earned an Executive MBA from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina and holds a PMP master’s Degree from George Washington University.

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