Panamax/Furman Names Vice President of Engineering
Panamax and Furman Sound appointed Doug Penna to the position of vice president of engineering for both companies. Penna will be responsible for driving technology strategy and developing new power management solutions for both brands.
Penna has a heavy background in the service provider market. He previously spent four years directing the hardware engineering department of Motorola’s telecom/broadband-focused Wireline Group. Before that, he served as the director of customer premise equipment and test engineering for telecom equipment manufacturer Next Level Communications, a pioneer in broadband access that played a key role in the telcos’ rollouts of “triple-play” of voice/video/data services to subscribers. He also logged time with General Instrument’s Advanced Technology Group, where he designed motherboards for digital cable set-top boxes. Earlier in his career, he developed robotic camera control systems used by television networks, distance learning programs, Fortune 500 companies and the federal government.
“Doug has a tremendous amount of experience in managing engineering departments, and in creating state-of-the-art technologies,” said Bill Pollock, president of Panamax and Furman. “His proven record of success speaks to his ability to direct the development of new, innovative product lines for both Furman and Panamax that will offer our customers the very best in power management solutions.”
“I’m very excited to be working with two leaders in the power management industry,” said Penna. “The synergies created by leveraging the expertise of these two terrific engineering departments enhance our ability to develop new power management solutions for today’s home theater and pro audio environments. Moving forward, our customers will enjoy an even greater selection of products to meet their individual needs.”
Penna will be based in Petaluma, Calif., and will report to Pollock.