Panasonic Assigns Brent Fischthal as Senior Manager of Product and Solutions Marketing

CONTACT: Kristin Serna Panasonic Factory Solutions Company of America PH: 847-637-9600 FAX: 847-637-9601

August 7, 2013 - Rolling Meadows - Panasonic Factory Solutions Company of America today announced the assignment of Brent A. Fischthal as Senior Manager of Product and Solutions Marketing. In this new capacity, Brent will create and implement unified messaging enveloping the award-winning total solutions for “any mix, any volume” that Panasonic offers for equipment, software, and technical services.

"Increasing market adoption of our new, cost-effective, high mix AM100 platform and our other electronic assembly solutions has led to a newly-created role for Brent Fischthal within our organization,” said M. Faisal Pandit, President of Panasonic Factory Solutions Company of America.

“After five successful years as our Eastern Region Sales Manager, we are thrilled Brent is transitioning into Marketing,” commented Mark Ragard, Panasonic Factory Solutions Company Group Manager. “In his nearly 20-year career, Brent has a demonstrated record of accomplishments in marketing strategy and new product introduction. He has a passion for the PCBA industry as well as Panasonic’s technologically advanced products, and we look forward to the direction and creativity he will bring to our efforts.”

Brent Fischthal brings industry-focused experience in product management, business development, market analysis and marketing strategy from positions held previously at Universal Instruments Corporation and Philips Assembleon. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration / Marketing from West Virginia University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Florida.

“I am eager to help navigate Panasonic into new markets and fuel our growth in North America,” said Brent. “Panasonic offers the only portfolio of solutions relevant for all manufacturing environments from high-mix to high-volume. I’m looking forward to enhancing our existing team by further strengthening our brand and accelerating momentum.”

About Panasonic Factory Solutions Company of America Panasonic Factory Solutions Company of America, 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.

For additional information: Panasonic Factory Solutions Company of America, 5201 Tollview Drive, Rolling Meadows, IL 60008. PH: 847-637-9600.

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