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David Bartlett

Chief Technology Officer, Chief Information Officer, Chief Information Security Officer

I’ve got a lot of titles here at Panasonic Avionics, but I’ve got just one mission: to help redefine air travel today and for future generations.

The aviation industry is faced with a wide range of challenges. On one side is the slow-moving regulatory environment; on the other is the looming threat of obsolescence. Everybody in this business wants to know how to use technology to refine their operations, cut costs, and boost revenues—all while making the best possible passenger experience at price points customers are willing to pay. Each airline is playing a never-ending game of chess, trying to figure out their next best moves.

Since joining the company in August 2017, I’ve been focused on helping our customers win the game by thinking big. Digital transformation is a particularly pressing concern in our industry. Airlines want to know how they can meaningfully use Big Data, machine learning, AI, and IoT to help make them more efficient, resilient, and competitive. Digital transformation, however, isn’t a new coat of paint; it’s a whole-home renovation. To that end, we are helping companies look at technology as a foundation for collaboration and differentiation, not as a solution unto itself.

I learned that lesson at IBM, where I worked for many years in a number of roles. In my last one with the company—as the Vice-President of Smarter Physical Infrastructure—I became known as the “building whisperer” and was recognized as one of the top 15 people in the world in the intelligent building/IoT space. I went on to serve as the Chief Technology Officer at GE Aviation where I extended my mission to “flying buildings.” And now I’m here, at Panasonic, the perfect place to land to fulfill my mission. Each day, I am impressed by the breadth of its engineering talent and its enduring spirit of innovation and cooperation.

Panasonic Avionics is a great place to help aviation companies build more sustainable, stronger versions of themselves using the best of what technology has to offer. Such change often requires system thinking—an approach I’ve honed over the course of my professional and academic careers. I’m the proud owner of a collection of degrees including a bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry, a master’s degree in computer science, an executive, technology-focused MBA from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master’s and Project Management Professional (PMP) industry certification from George Washington University.

What can I say? I love to learn—and I’m excited to continue my education by working with a great team that is focused on making this world a better place, today, and for future generations.

"A lot of what we’ve done is develop world-class products and services for the airlines. At the end of the day, it’s all about the passenger. What we’re doing at Panasonic is nothing less than inventing the future of inflight experience. That’s powerful."