By Matthew Henry

SYDNEY: Panasonic Australia managing director, Toshiro Kisaka, will leave the company for a management role in Singapore on 1 April, becoming the second major Japanese consumer electronics MD in two days to announce his departure. 

Mr Kisaka has been promoted to Panasonic Asia and Oceania director – Corporate Management Division, and president of Panasonic Asia Pacific Pte Ltd, the company’s Singapore-based regional headquarters.

His responsibilities will include overseeing Panasonic regional operations across more than nine countries and 75 sales and manufacturing companies.

No replacement has been announced yet, and Mr Kisaka will continue in the role until 31 March.

“I would like to extend my thanks to all Panasonic’s retailers, business partners and staff for their support over the past three years. Australia is integral to the region and I will continue to focus on strengthening and supporting this market in my new role,” said Mr Kisaka.

Just yesterday, Sony Australia managing director, Shusuke Oshima, announced he will leave for Sony’s Latin American operation on 1 April, with the company’s deputy managing director, Carl Rose, taking the top job.