McDermott & Bull Finds CTO for Panasonic Avionics Corp.

October 18, 2017 – Demand for top technology executives continues to gain momentum. CTO hiring, in fact, is expected to grow by 18 percent by 2022, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics. It’s a trend that has kept executive search firms well occupied.

McDermott & Bull, for one, has placed former IBM executive David Bartlett as chief technology officer with Panasonic Avionics Corp. The search was conducted by Rod McDermott, CEO and co-founder; Craig Sabina, principal consultant; Jared Moriarty, associate principal consultant; and Amanda Lange, recruiting associate.

In his new role, Mr. Bartlett will become a key figures in the organization and will take the lead in developing Panasonic’s technological roadmap. “Panasonic has been dominating the IFE market for many years, and is now preparing for a new wave of innovation as the industry continues to evolve,” said Mr. McDermott. “His storied career has shaped him into the perfect fit for Panasonic’s culture and vision, and we are honored to have helped him find his way into the CTO seat.”

Mr. Bartlett has led organizations in the IT and aerospace industries, winning notoriety as a visionary and builder. He served with IBM for almost two decades, and became known as “the building whisperer” in the Silicon Valley community when he spearheaded IBM’s Smart Buildings initiative. Mr. Bartlett later served as CTO of GE Aviation, where he focused on building intelligent aircraft and airports. Most recently, he was CTO and global SVP of R&D at Current by GE.

Panasonic Avionics Corp. is a global supplier of inflight entertainment and communications systems. With over 275 airline customers and annual revenue of over $3 billion, Panasonic Avionics is among the most successful subsidiaries of its parent company, Panasonic Corp.

McDermott & Bull was founded in 2001. Its practice leaders all have substantial executive experience and serve public and private companies across most industries. Since the advent of MB Interim Leaders in 2011, McDermott & Bull has served both the permanent and interim needs of its clients. Its clientele includes: CoreLogic, Epson America, Hyundai Capital America, In-N-Out Burger, Kaiser Aluminum, Unified Grocers, Cisco Systems and Chicken of the Sea, among others. Also, the firm’s executive network program helps senior-level executives build relationships with C-Suite and VP-level executives nationwide.

Recruiting CTOs

A number of executive search firms have placed CTOs in recent months. Here’s a look at a few from the Hunt Scanlon Media archives:

Search Solution Group placed Dr. Harish Hiriyannaiah as CTO of Sonavex. The search was spearheaded by Ashley Bowman, business development manager, and Josh Mensinger, recruiting leader. Dr. Hiriyannaiah has an extensive background in image processing, medical imaging and machine learning technologies. He has also held roles at L-3 Cincinnati Electronics, Acionyx, EagleyeMed, and KLA-Tencor Corporation.

The McCormick Group placed David Mihelcic as chief technology and strategy officer at Juniper Federal. Mr. Mihelcic is the former chief technology officer at the Defense Information Systems Agency. In his new role, Mr. Mihelcic will drive technological innovation and new product development for the company’s federal customers and across the entire organization.

Calibre One recruited Artem Fishman as chief technology officer of music streaming service SoundCloud. Partner Thomas Green led the assignment. In his new role, Mr. Fishman will be responsible for leading the company’s international engineering organization, in addition to shaping its technical vision and strategy.

WinterWyman placed Aatish Salvi as chief technology officer at Teikametrics. Senior VP and partner Tracy Cashman led the search. As CTO, Mr. Salvi will execute Teikametrics’ vision and scale its market-leading technology platform while also overseeing the firm’s engineering and product teams. Previously, Mr. Salvi was vice president of engineering for Nanigans Inc., where he led a team of developers for its marketing automation platform.

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Will Schatz, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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