Panasonic names Kusumi as new CEO, ousting Tesla supporter Tsuga

On Friday, Japan’s Panasonic Corp has appointed Yuki Kusumi, the head of its automotive business, as its next chief executive officer, replacing Kazuhiro Tsuga, a supporter of Tesla Inc Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk.

Effective April 1, the change comes as strong sales of Tesla electric vehicles have allowed Panasonic’s battery business to eke out profits following several years of production troubles and delays at the U.S. partner.

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