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Panasonic Avionics appoint new Vice President of Operations

Posted 27 September 2017 · Add Comment

Panasonic Avionics has appointed Adri Ruiter as its new Vice President of Global Operations.


With almost 30 years of experience in the aviation industry, Ruiter will be responsible for key global operations activity, including operational strategy, program management, supplier management and global manufacturing to ensure the highest level of consistent customer delivery.

Ruiter previously held a number of positions at Zodiac Aerospace, including President and CEO of Zodiac Seats US, where he was instrumental to Project Fusion, a joint seat integration program between Zodiac (then Weber Aircraft LLC) and Panasonic. The design of the integrated seat ultimately led to the introduction of Panasonic Avionics’ industry-leading Eco Monitor family designed for the X Series IFE system.

Ruiter’s most recent role at Zodiac was as Director of Restore Margins, where he led group operational excellence workshops at Zodiac Aerospace sites across North America.

Mark Jennings, Chief Operating Officer, Panasonic Avionics Corporation, said: “We are delighted to welcome Adri to Panasonic Avionics. As the world leader in inflight entertainment and connectivity, we have over 300 airline customers around the world, each with their own sets of requirements for hardware, software, and system performance. Adri’s unique experience within the cabin industry will bring a greater focus to Panasonic, ensuring that we will always deliver the best product, on time, with the highest quality and backed by a support process that ensures the best long-term return on their investment.”

Ruiter said: “It is with great pleasure that I take up this important role at Panasonic and I’m excited to be part of an organisation world-renowned for its inflight entertainment and connectivity technology. I look forward to working with the team to drive operational excellence within the business.”

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