Panasonic North America, a subsidiary of Japan-based Panasonic, has appointed Damien Atkins as general counsel and corporate secretary. He is the company's chief legal advisor and is responsible for providing Panasonic and its North American affiliates with legal and regulatory compliance services.

Atkins, who held numerous roles in his 10 years with AOL, most recently served as deputy general counsel and chief compliance officer, where he oversaw securities regulation, corporate governance, labor and employment and global compliance matters. He joined AOL from Chadbourne & Parke, where his practice focused on a wide variety of mergers & acquisitions, capital markets and securities law matters.

Mr. Atkins has been recognized for his extensive experience in managing in-house legal teams in securities regulation, mergers & acquisitions, corporate governance, employment, employee benefits, executive compensation, facilities and global compliance.