Distinguished Lecture Series

2019 Distinguished Lecture

We are proud to announce Allan Swan, president of Panasonic, as our 2019 Distinguished Speaker.

Panasonic - The Next 100 Years

For more than a century, Panasonic has been discovering ways to address the biggest challenges that impact the world we live in. But for the future, the company knows that technology is no longer just about advancing society. It is also about preserving the world we live in.

Come join Allan as he talks about Panasonic - The Next 100 Years, the disruptive innovations, the perpetuation of a unique employee focused philosophy, and the exciting impact the company is having on the Northern Nevada area.

About the speaker

Allan Swan is the President of Panasonic Energy of North America at the Gigafactory in Sparks. He leads the North America team in producing the world’s safest, highest quality, best performing lithium-ion batteries, which are used by Tesla in all their vehicles. Panasonic is the number one lithium-ion battery supplier in the world, both in scale and technology.

Previously, Allan was Senior Vice President of Operations for the Defense Sector in the United States at Rolls-Royce. He was responsible  for five manufacturing plants that consisted of more than 1,500 employees. 

Over his career, Allan has held several senior executive leadership positions in operations and corporate strategy roles, including roles at Rolls‐Royce, Thyssen Krupp, and United Technologies. Allan is a graduate of Southampton University with a Master’s Degree in Global Supply Chain Management; he also holds a number of Management Diplomas.

Past lectures

The Distinguished Lecture Series was started in 2010 by Dean Maragakis. Annual lectures are listed below: