Mark Ragard Joins Panasonic as Electronics Assembly Group Manager

CONTACT: Kristin Serna Panasonic System Solutions Company of North America – Process Automation PH: 847-637-9600 FAX: 847-637-9601 PFSAmarketing@us.panasonic.com

November 16, 2011 - Rolling Meadows, IL - Panasonic System Solutions Company of North America – Process Automation (PSSNA-PA) announces that Mark Ragard has joined its team as Group Manager of Electronics Assembly. Ragard is now in charge of Panasonic's strategic implementation and sales execution of manufacturing solutions for the North American market.

I am proud to be with Panasonic-an undeniable leader in electronics manufacturing," relayed Ragard. "An expansive equipment set, a modular, integrated Manufacturing Execution System, and a multitude of quality end solutions backed by real manufacturing know-how is offered for nearly every industry. With this combination, Panasonic is well-positioned to grow market share by helping customers get products out the door more efficiently, productively, and with great quality."

"Having Mark join the Panasonic team is such a natural progression in his career," says Tom Gebhardt, PSSNA-PA President. "With over 25 years in the industry, he has experienced the challenges of electronics assembly including PTH, SMT, identification systems, and software. To couple his understanding of what manufacturers need with the solutions Panasonic can provide is a perfect fit."

Ragard holds a successful history with Universal Instruments as General Manager of and Director of sales, and with Microscan Systems as North East & Ontario Canada Regional Sales Manager. In addition, he has participated in many industry councils and possesses a Bachelor of Business Administration from Hofstra University.

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About Panasonic System Solutions – Process Automation

Panasonic System Solutions Company of North America – Process Automation, a North American source for electronic assembly equipment (SMT), software and technical support, provides total business systems solutions for electronic semiconductor and packaging companies in the global marketplace through one provider. The company is a unit of Panasonic Corporation of North America, which is the principal North American subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation (NYSE: PC).

For additional information: Panasonic System Solutions Company of North America – Process Automation, 5201 Tollview Drive, Rolling Meadows, IL 60008. PFSAmarketing@us.panasonic.com PH: 847-637-9600. www.panasonicfa.com

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