Interview: Tom Gebhardt, President of Panasonic Automotive Systems Company

fortune-green-2014TriplePundit reported live from the Fortune Brainstorm Green 2014 conference in Laguna Niguel, CA. Follow along on this page for ongoing video interviews with sustainability thought leaders, corporate change agents and entrepreneurs who are leading the way to a more sustainable future.

Panasonic’s Automotive Systems Company is  a leading integrated supplier to the automotive industry for North America.  In particular, the company is working on advanced, internet enabled technology that will create “connected cars” — covering everything from advanced navigation, locating parking spots, and audio entertainment.  I had a chance to talk to Tom Gebhardt, the company’s president, about this technology and to explore what it has to do with sustainability.

Nick Aster is a new media architect and the founder of has grown to become one of the web's leading sources of news and ideas on how business can be used to make the world a better place.

Prior to TriplePundit Nick worked for Mother Jones magazine, successfully re-launching the magazine's online presence. He worked for, managing the technical side of the publication for 3 years and has also been an active consultant for individuals and companies entering the world of micro-publishing. He earned his stripes working for Gawker Media and Moreover Technologies in the early days of blogging.

Nick holds an MBA in sustainable management from the Presidio School of Management and graduated with a BA in History from Washington University in St. Louis.