i-PRO appoints Gerard Figols as Chief Product Officer

May 7, 2024
As Chief Product Officer, Figols will be tasked with spearheading i-PRO's global product strategy.

Tokyo, Japan, May 7, 2024 –i-PRO Co., Ltd. (formerly Panasonic Security), a global leader in professional security solutions for surveillance and public safety, today announced that it has appointed Gerard Figols as the company's Chief Product Officer (CPO). With a career spanning over 17 years in the physical security industry, Figols brings a wealth of global experience and strategic vision to his new role.

In his most recent position as President of i-PRO EMEA and i-PRO APAC, Figols demonstrated exceptional leadership in driving the company's growth and success in these markets. Leveraging his extensive experience in engineering, marketing, and sales, Figols has been instrumental in shaping i-PRO's presence in the security industry.

As Chief Product Officer, Figols will be tasked with spearheading i-PRO's global product strategy. “Gerard’s appointment as CPO underscores our mission to establish i-PRO as a truly global organization. Building on his years of experience working across cultures, Gerard will be able to leverage insights from different business regions to develop best-in-class products suited to the needs of different industries and markets,” said Masato Nakao, CEO at i-PRO.

Commenting on his appointment, Figols said, "At i-PRO, we're driven by innovation and the pursuit of excellence, leading the global market with our open AI platform and reputation for quality engineering. I am honored to take on the role of Chief Product Officer at i-PRO and excited to lead the company's global product strategy focusing on ethical AI, cybersecurity, and seamless integration with our VMS partners. By fostering international collaboration between i-PRO stakeholders and making it easier than ever for our channel partners to work with us, we will continue to drive innovation and deliver exceptional hardware to our customers worldwide."

In a related announcement, i-PRO has appointed Jose Riolobos as Figols’ successor to the role of President of i-PRO EMEA. For several years, Riolobos held senior positions within i-PRO and, previously, Panasonic in Europe and Japan.

"I am honored to lead i-PRO EMEA’s operations and build upon the foundation of success established by Gerard," commented Riolobos. "I look forward to continuing to drive growth and delivering value to our partners and customers across the region."