Moskowitz named new chairman, CEO at Panasonic

Michael Moskowitz has been named chairman and CEO of Panasonic Corp. of North America, the Newark-based subsidiary of Osaka, Japan-based Panasonic Corp. announced Tuesday.

Most recently, Moskowitz served a double role as president of Panasonic Canada Inc. and Panasonic Consumer Electronics Co. He joined Panasonic in 2011.

Prior to Panasonic, he was CEO and president of XM Canada. Before that, he was president of Palm in the Americas International.

“I am humbled and excited to take on this new role,” Moskowitz said. “Panasonic Corp. of North America has successfully undergone an incredible transformation, redefining the relationships we enjoy with our B2B customers through innovation and customer centricity — cornerstones of our future success. That transformation was made possible by leaders like Tom Gebhardt, to whom we owe a debt of gratitude.”

Moskowitz will be succeeding Gebhardt, who is leaving the company after serving for more than three decades in a variety of leadership roles, the company said.

“The board of directors and I are excited to see Michael lend his great energy and vision to building on the momentum that Tom has created in an increasingly important market for Panasonic. We wish both leaders great success, and we thank Tom for his leadership and his many contributions throughout a distinguished career,” Kazuhiro Tsuga, president of Panasonic Corp., said.

Gebhardt was named chairman and CEO of Panasonic Corp. of North America in 2017. Before that, he led Panasonic Automotive Systems Co. of America.

“It is with a heavy heart that I leave a place that has been my home for most of my life as well as the team who made every day and every professional challenge a thrilling opportunity,” Gebhardt said. “I leave confident that the company is well positioned to capitalize on the technology trends that will help our customers compete and succeed in today’s ever-changing marketplace. My confidence is strengthened by Michael’s business acumen and vision as well as his steady and inspiring leadership.”