Panayotopoulos joined P&G in 1977. He served in sales and general management roles spanning Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia, eventually overseeing all P&G brands as vice chair, global business units. He was elected to his current role as advisor to the CEO effective July 1, 2013.
“We appreciate Dimitri’s considerable contributions over his long and successful career, building leading positions for the company in Egypt and then the Middle East, China, Central and Eastern Europe, and Africa,” says A.G. Lafley, P&G chairman of the board, president and CEO. “He concluded his distinguished career by leading our global business units through challenging times.”
P&G also announced that Bruce Brown, chief technology officer, will retire on August 31, 2014, after more than 34 years of service. Until that time, effective February 1, 2014, Brown has been named officer on special assignment. Kathleen Fish, currently vice president, research and development, global fabric care, has been elected chief technology officer, succeeding Brown, effective February 1, 2014.
Robert Fregolle, global customer business development officer, will retire on June 30, 2014, after more than 36 years of service. Until that time, effective February 1, 2014, Fregolle has been named officer on special assignment. Carolyn Tastad, currently vice president, global market strategy and planning and one go-to-market optimization, has been elected global customer business development officer, succeeding Fregolle, effective February 1, 2014.