DeFina retires from Panasonic
It's an old trick to release big news at the end of the day on a Friday. Well, Panasonic is old school: They've just announced that Frank DeFina has retired as president of Panasonic System Solutions Co. A J.M. Allain will take over for DeFina. He was most recently head of Duos Technologies, a company I don't know well. I also didn't know DeFina well, but I did have a really cool conversation with him at the most recent ISC West. I was waiting around for Julianna Benedick, Panasonic's head of marketing, and Frank just walked up beside me and we started talking about how really cool the giant-screen TV was that people could win from their booth. Then we talked about the Super Bowl (he's a Giants fan). He was a normal guy in a way that many high-level execs aren't. I hope he enjoys retirement. I'll try to drum up an interview with Allain. Probably won't come soon. Edit: Okay, so now I know more about who J.M. Allain is. For example, his LinkedIn page is here. Turns out he was a VP with Adesta for a year, preceding Rob Hile, from what I can tell, then GM with NetVersant for a year before coming on as VP of operations for Duos just about a year ago. That makes him a bit of a job-jumper, no? Though I suspect president of Panasonic is a gig he'd be slightly more likely to keep. Still, I love seeing quotes like this: Ã¢â‚¬Å“J.M. AllainÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s expertise in seamless and timely deployment of comprehensive security systems and existing system upgrades will be an invaluable resource for our company and our clients,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Gianni B. Arcaini, Chairman and CEO of duostech. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I expect J.M. to play a significant role in our companyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s growth.Ã¢â‚¬Â How'd that work out for you, Gianni? I hope you grew in a hurry.