Panamax and Furman Sound LLC in Petaluma, Calif. announced the appointment of Doug Penna (pictured) to the position of vice president of engineering for both companies. In his new role, Penna will be responsible for driving the technology strategy and development of industry-leading power management solutions from Panamax and Furman for home theaters and other high-end applications. Penna will be based in Petaluma and will report to Bill Pollock, president of Panamax and Furman.
“Doug has a tremendous amount of experience in managing engineering departments, and in creating state-of-the-art technologies,” says Pollock. “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,” says 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.”
Before joining Panamax, Penna spent four years directing the hardware engineering department of Motorola’s Wireline Group in California, which developed a complete broadband product portfolio of network equipment, linecards and residential gateways for the telecom industry.
Prior to Motorola, Penna was the director of Customer Premise Equipment and Test Engineering for Next Level Communications, a start-up telecom equipment manufacturer. Next Level mass-deployed the first broadband access platform in North America, enabling telephone companies to provide voice, video and data services to subscribers.