IRVINE, CA (DECEMBER 11, 2019) – McDermott + Bull has placed Ken Sain as the Chief Executive Officer for Panasonic Avionics Corporation, the world’s leading supplier of inflight entertainment and communications systems.

Sain holds 25 years of cross-functional leadership and management consulting experience in the aviation industry. He has a strong track record as a leader in aviation technology with expertise in the software and digital solutions space.

“We are confident that Ken is the right leader to guide Panasonic Avionics through its next stage of growth,” said Rod McDermott, CEO of McDermott + Bull. “Ken’s thorough experience in developing inflight digital solutions coupled with his passion for leading change management initiatives are critical assets for this role.”

Jared Moriarty, Managing Director of McDermott + Bull, said, “The result is ideal for Panasonic as Ken brings a strong track record of leadership success, a unique understanding of digital solutions and very strong relationships across the industry. Panasonic Avionics Corporation’s place as a top provider of inflight entertainment and connectivity solutions promises to remain strong with Ken at the helm.”

Sain most recently served as the Vice President of Digital Solutions + Analytics for Boeing Global Services and CEO of Boeing subsidiary, Jeppesen, where he led the company through remarkable growth, expanding the business’ cloud-based solutions, product lines and portfolio. During his 14-year tenure at Boeing, Sain held increasing leadership roles in strategy, business development and digital aviation.

Prior to his 14-year tenure at Boeing, Sain was a Principal with A.T. Kearney, where he focused on operational excellence, mergers and acquisitions and alliances for major airlines. At the beginning of his career, he was a member of the founding team of Midway Airlines and assumed various leadership roles during the company’s early years.

“We are excited to welcome Ken to the Panasonic team,” said Michael Moskowitz, Chairman and CEO of Panasonic Corporation of North America, the parent company of Panasonic Avionics. “His entrepreneurial spirit and proven track record in aviation will undoubtedly accelerate Panasonic’s customer-centric innovation and the digital transformation journeys of its airline customers.”

This executive search was completed by McDermott + Bull CEO Rod McDermott, Managing Director Jared Moriarty, Vice President Brent Lamb, and Director Michael Finegold.

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About Panasonic Avionics Corporation
Panasonic Avionics Corporation is the world’s leading supplier of inflight entertainment and communication systems. The company’s best-in-class solutions, supported by professional maintenance services, fully integrate with the cabin enabling its customers to deliver the ultimate travel experiences with a rich variety of entertainment choices, resulting in improved quality communication systems and solutions, reduced time-to-market and lower overall costs.

Established in 1979, Panasonic Avionics Corporation, a U.S. corporation, is a subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation of North America, the principal North American subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation. Headquartered in Lake Forest, California with over 5,000 employees and operations in 80 global locations, it has delivered over 14,300 IFE systems and 2,200 inflight connectivity solutions to the world’s leading airlines.


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