Panasonic Avionics has appointed Chris VandenBerg as chief engineer (software).
In this role, VandenBerg will be responsible for delivering the company’s highly complex, end-to-end software that redefines how airlines interact with their passengers onboard the aircraft. He will report to CTO Joe Bentley and will lead a team of individuals across Panasonic Avionics’ global footprint. He will also act as the company’s primary technical contact with its customers.
“Our customers are always looking for new ways to deliver an enhanced passenger experience, generate revenue, increase passenger engagement and improve operational efficiencies,” Bentley said. “Robust and reliable software will be the foundation for the kinds of products and solutions that help them achieve their organizational goals. Chris has a wealth of experience in software design and development and is highly knowledgeable in delivering a final production product from its concept phase. I am delighted to welcome him back to Panasonic Avionics where he will again be a major asset to our team.”
VandenBerg has 25 years of experience in software programming, hardware design, and system architecture. He rejoins Panasonic Avionics from Safran Passenger Innovations, where he was technical fellow – head of software architecture from 2019, managing a team of software architects and developers. VandenBerg previously was with Panasonic Avionics for 14 years, having joined as principal software engineer in 2004 and progressed to become CTO, Global Communications in 2016. During this time, he managed engineering teams in the company’s satellite communications division and designed the company’s Global IPTV system, including its first generation of IP back-haul and up-link distributions.