Echelon Corp. announced that the company’s Board of Directors has appointed Ron Sege as President and Chief Executive Officer and to the company’s Board of Directors, completing a search process begun last November. Sege most recently served as President and Chief Operating Officer, and Board member, of 3Com Corp. from 2008 through its acquisition by HP.
"After an extensive search, we are delighted to have attracted someone with the depth and breadth of experience as Ron," said M. Kenneth Oshman, Executive Chairman of Echelon’s Board of Directors. "Along with his proven leadership strengths, Ron brings the keen insight, excitement and energy necessary to guide Echelon into the next phase of growth."
Sege added, "I am very excited to join Echelon at this important moment in history. Governments, businesses, and consumers around the world must become more energy efficient and this requires smarter energy grids, smarter buildings, and smarter environments. These "smarts" require not just data networks, but open, standard distributed control networks – exactly the networks that Echelon has been developing innovative solutions for over the last 20 years. I will focus on accelerating global market penetration for our solutions and driving operational excellence throughout the company. Our time is now and we have tremendous opportunity ahead of us."
Prior to 3Com, Sege was President and Chief Executive Officer of Tropos Networks, Inc., a provider of wireless broadband networks, from 2004 to 2008. Prior to Tropos, Sege was President and Chief Executive Officer of Ellacoya Networks, Inc., a provider of broadband service optimization solutions based on deep packet inspection technology. Sege also served as Executive Vice President of Lycos, Inc., the Internet search engine. During the nine year period from 1989-1998, he served in a variety of senior management roles at 3Com Corp., including Executive Vice President, Global Systems Business Unit.