Executive Insight, Smart Grid

Silver Spring Networks Expands Leadership with new COO

Silver Spring Networks announced the expansion of the company’s executive team with the appointment of Ayse Ildeniz as chief operating officer. The new executive position aims to extend the company’s position as a leader in the smart grid and smart city industries while accelerating its growth in the larger Internet of Things opportunity. 

Ildeniz joins Silver Spring from Intel Corporation, where she was Vice President of the New Devices Group and General Manager of strategy and business development, leading a team charged with creating groundbreaking IoT devices and technologies. During her tenure at Intel, she held a variety of leadership roles including as the Regional Director for Middle East, Turkey and Africa, a region consisting of 67 countries. In this role, she quadrupled Intel’s business in the region by building out country expansions and establishing businesses in new segments. Ildeniz joined Intel as the marketing director for the Mediterranean, Middle East and Africa region, then served as the Intel Turkey country manager before assuming responsibility for the entire region.

Ildeniz leads a number of social responsibility projects globally and regionally. She serves on the board of American Turkish Society; Turkish Informatics Foundation; and the Advisory Board of Women Entrepreneurs Association; and attends G20 summits. She is the founder of the Women in IT Platform in Turkey; is a 2010 Eisenhower fellow and member of the International Women Forum. Ildeniz was selected IT Woman of the Year in 2004 and Female Executive of the Year in 2006 in Turkey. In 2015, she was listed as one of the top 100 most creative people in business by Fast Company magazine; and stands third on the most influential Turkish-American Women 2015 list.

In 2016, she won the prestigious ‘Leaders Shaping the Future Award’ by Turkish Public Relations Association; holds a honorary recognition award by Middle East Technical University Senate for her work in the field of technology and education. Ildeniz priorly served as the vice chair of the technology committee for OECD in Paris; headed TUSIAD’s innovation group and served on the Turkish American Business Council.

Ildeniz has a bachelor’s degree from Bosphorus University, Istanbul, and a master’s degree in electronic communications arts from San Francisco State University.

Silver Spring Networks, international IoT networking provider for smart cities and enterprises, has connected over 23.6 million IoT devices for some of the largest wireless standards-based networks on earth, the largest smart street light program in the world in Miami and South Florida, and other critical services in cities such as Auckland, Baltimore, Bristol, Chicago, Copenhagen, Glasgow, London, Melbourne, Paris, San Francisco, San Antonio, Singapore and Washington D.C.