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Panasonic Newsroom TOPPress ReleasePanasonic to Hold Its First Global Advisors Conference

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Headquarters News

Sep 1, 2008

Panasonic to Hold Its First Global Advisors Conference

Osaka, Japan - With its name change to Panasonic Corporation just a month away, Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. will hold its first Panasonic Global Advisors Conference at the Panasonic Center Tokyo on September 11.

Panasonic has invited a number of eminent speakers to address the conference. Panasonic believes that the speakers' knowledge and expertise, particularly in politics and economy, will provide the company with insightful international perspectives as it steers the course towards further globalization. Exchanging ideas and opinions with such distinguished people should also assist Panasonic to broaden the international awareness and perspectives of its managers who will play a leading role in guiding the company towards future growth.

The distinguished speakers addressing the conference include four advisors and an observer from five countries including so-called emerging economies. Panasonic senior executives including President Fumio Ohtsubo will attend the conference.

A brief profile of each speaker is as follows:


Mr. Paul Tagliabue (United States of America)

Mr. Tagliabue was Commissioner of the US National Football League (NFL) from 1989 to 2006. Throughout his career, he has also held positions in the legal, business advisory and higher education fields.

Mr. Ajay Dua, Ph.D. (India)

Dr. Dua was the Secretary to the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion in the Ministry of Commerce and Industries of India from 2005 to 2007. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics. As a senior civil servant of the Government of India, he has been engaged in devising and implementation of a variety of public projects and has diverse experience ranging from urban housing and planning to electrical power industry.

Mr. Luiz Fernando Furlan (Brazil)

Mr. Furlan served as Minister of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade of Brazil from 2003 to 2007. Before assuming this government position, he was engaged in the management of a number of major private corporations. Currently, he serves as a Board member of several leading companies such as Telefónica SA (Spain).

Mr. Toshihiko Fukui (Japan)

Mr. Fukui was Governor of the Bank of Japan (BOJ) from 2003 to 2008. Since joining BOJ in 1958, he has held several prominent positions including the Director-General of Research and Statistics Department, Head of the Banking Department and Policy Planning Department, Executive Director and Deputy Governor. He also served as Chairman of the Fujitsu Research Institute and was Vice Chairperson of the Keizai Doyukai (Japan Association of Corporate Executives) between 1998 and 2003.


Mr. Alexander Voloshin (Russia)

Mr. Voloshin was Chief of Staff of the Presidential Executive Office and member of the Russian National Security Council, serving Presidents Boris Yeltsin and Vladimir Putin from 1999 to 2003. He served as Chairman of Unified Energy Systems (UES) from 2004 through June 2008.


Mr. Yukio Okamoto (Japan)

Mr. Okamoto served as Special Advisor to Prime Ministers Ryutaro Hashimoto from 1996 to 1998 and Junichiro Koizumi from 2003 to 2004. He has been the President of consultancy, Okamoto Associates, Inc., since its foundation in 1991. He is also a renowned analyst of and commentator on international relations. Mr. Okamoto supports the Global Advisors Conference.

About Panasonic

Best known for its Panasonic brand name, Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. is a worldwide leader in the development and manufacture of electronic products for a wide range of consumer, business, and industrial needs. Based in Osaka, Japan, the company recorded consolidated net sales of 9.07 trillion yen (approx. US$90.52 billion) for the year ended March 31, 2008. The company's shares are listed on the Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and New York (NYSE:MC) stock exchanges. For more information on the company and the Panasonic brand, visit the company's website at

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