Panasonic picks VP of corporate, government affairs

Panasonic Corp. announced that Jeffrey D. Werner will join the company as vice president, corporate and government affairs. He will succeed Peter M. Fannon at the company’s headquarters in Newark.

“I am looking forward to joining Panasonic and supporting the company’s great work in such cutting-edge areas as connected and self-driving vehicles, smart highways, energy generation and storage, video and entertainment media,” Werner said.  “There are so many challenges ahead in the arenas in which Panasonic works. It’s a very exciting time, and I’m thrilled to become part of this global company’s dynamic North American operations.”

Most recently, Werner has spent 10 years as general manager, international and public policy, with Daimler North America Corp. Prior to that, he was executive director of the Transatlantic Business Dialogue and worked for the European-American Business Council.

“We are delighted to welcome Jeff Werner to Panasonic, where his expertise in government relations, including trade, investment and key public policy matters, as well as his automotive industry experience, will be especially helpful as the company continues its growth in B2B solutions,” said Damien Atkins, vice president and general counsel, to whom Werner will report. “As Jeff’s transition begins, we want to express our gratitude to Pete Fannon for the two decades he devoted to representing Panasonic before the government, in industry organizations and in public forums.”