Smart Grid Interoperability Panel names former U.N. advisor as executive director

The board of directors of the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) selected Patrick Gannon as its executive director and president.

Gannon brings years of international leadership and management experience in the worlds of ecommerce and standards.

John McDonald, SGIP Board Chairman, said, “We are excited to have an executive director with such strong roots in standards development, international commerce, and organizational leadership. At this key moment in SGIP’s development, we promised SGIP members that we would find ‘best of breed’ individuals and contractors to drive our success. With Patrick’s appointment, we are delivering on that promise in a big way.”

The executive director works with the SGIP’s board of directors to form the vision and detailed strategic plan for the organization. Serving as a spokesperson, he markets the organization, raises revenue, builds membership, and pursues sponsorships and grants. He also runs the day-to-day operations of the organization, providing leadership for the staff, managing contractors, and overseeing business affairs.

The SGIP, an international non-profit organization, is driving the collaboration, coordination, and promotion of smart grid standards interoperability on a global basis. Established in December 2009 by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) as a public-private partnership, the SGIP transitioned in December 2012 to a member-led, industry-based organization (incorporated as “SGIP 2.0, Inc.”). Gannon will serve as the organization’s first executive director.

Gannon recently served as president of Warning Systems Inc., and as president and CEO of OASIS, the international standards consortium. In 2006, he was appointed as a high-level advisor to the United Nations Global Alliance for ICT and Development (UN GAID). He also served with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), as Chairman of the Team of Specialists for Internet Enterprise Development, which advised governments in transitional economies on best practices for electronic business.

The SGIP’s mission is to provide a framework for coordinating all smart grid stakeholders in an effort to accelerate standards harmonization and advance the interoperability of smart grid devices and systems.

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