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Panasonic’s Zangrillo Dies On Trip To Japan

Bob Zangrillo, general manager of Panasonic’s Home Appliance Division and a 21-year Panasonic veteran, died on a business trip to Japan visiting company facilities.

At press time some details were uncertain, but Zangrillo was found in his hotel room after being late for a meeting with local Panasonic and Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. of Japan officials. While he apparently died of natural causes, the official cause of death has not yet been determined. Funeral arrangements were not set at press time.

Zangrillo joined Panasonic in 1979 as Northeast Group product manager for calculators and communications products and subsequently served in various marketing and merchandising positions of increasing responsibility. He was named assistant general manager for the company’s New York sales region in 1990 and was appointed assistant general manager for the Home Appliance Division in March 1995.

He is survived by his wife and daughter.