Panasonic has said it plans to announce some “exciting new developments” in the New Year – including additional resource for its professional cooking division – in the wake of yesterday’s news that long-serving sales and marketing chief Iain Phillips is leaving the company.
Mr Phillips has spent 20 years with the brand and significantly grown its commercial microwave business during his time at the helm, but is moving to Regale Microwave Ovens in February.
The move will spark questions over Panasonic’s succession plans, but Justin Burnell, head of new business development at the brand, insists everything is in hand.
“While we want to wish the very best of luck to Iain Phillips who is leaving us after a 20-year tenure with Panasonic, it comes at a time when we will be announcing some new developments of our own in the early part of 2020 for the pro-cooking division,” he said.
“In addition, we are enhancing our team with new members; this additional resource will ensure that we continue to offer support across our wholesale and distributor network and maintain the direct customer relations that we have forged over the years.”
One of those direct customers, Caffe Nero, validated Panasonic’s position as a leading supplier of commercial microwaves earlier this year when it rolled out the SCV-2 Speed Convection Oven to hundreds of its stores following a major menu revamp.
Mr Burnell added: “This is a great example of how we will be moving forwards, working closely with end users’ food development teams and offering our expertise to develop kit to suit their exact needs.”
Panasonic has launched a range of items for the professional kitchen in recent years and been first to market with a number of groundbreaking products.
Its direction took a broader path this year with the introduction of its commercial rice cooker, the first non-oven item.