Panasonic appoints Seiji Koyanagi as Managing Director for Middle East region
Panasonic, the leading global manufacturer of consumer electronics and home appliances has appointed Mr. Seiji Koyanagi, as Managing Director of Panasonic Marketing Middle East FZE & Panasonic Gulf FZE (Dubai, UAE). An industry veteran with extensive experience in the Middle East region, Koyanagi’s career with Panasonic spans 23 years.
Koyanagi joined Matsushita Electric Japan in 1982, following which he was posted to Dubai as Representative of Matsushita Electric for four years in 1986. In 1992, he was transferred to Kuwait as Chief Representative of Matsushita Electric for a five year term. He was then appointed Manager of the Middle East Section in the Corporate Management Division for CIS, Middle East & Africa in Osaka, Japan in 1997.
Koyanagi then led Alesayi Electronics (Panasonic’s sole distributor in KSA) as COO in 2000, and was later promoted to CEO in 2003.
In his new role, Koyanagi will oversee Panasonic’s operations in the GCC region, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Lebanon and Syria.
Commenting on his appointment, Koyanagi said, “I am delighted to head Panasonic’s Middle East operations as this is an exciting and competitive market. My years of experience in this multi-cultural and fast-growing region have shown me consumers here are keen to adopt the latest international trends and products and are extremely brand- and quality-conscious.”
“Panasonic, with it focus on easy-to-use ‘ideas for life’ enjoys wide popularity among the region’s customers. I look forward to strengthening the Panasonic brand by focusing on our core 3D product line, namely Digital video cameras, Lumix Digital still cameras and PDP (plasma display) televisions. These products represent the future of digital technology, and our primary goal is to ensure that Panasonic continues to maintain its leadership role in this segment,” he added.
Panasonic recently announced a new regional marketing strategy for digital products with the introduction of P-MAXX, a futuristic brand mascot.
Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd., (MEI) best known for its Panasonic brand, is a worldwide leader in the development and manufacture of electronics products for a wide range of consumer, business, and industrial needs. Based in Osaka, Japan, the company posted consolidated sales of
US$81.44 billion for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2005. For more information, visit the Matsushita web site at http://www.panasonic.co.jp/global/top.html. Panasonic Gulf FZE (PGF) is MEI’s first subsidiary company in the Middle East, followed by Panasonic Marketing Middle East FZE (PMM), which is the regional marketing headquarters of MEI for operations in the Middle East and African countries.
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