SPOKANE, WA., December 11, 2002 — Itron Inc. announced Tuesday that Thomas S. Foley, former Speaker of the House and Ambassador to Japan, has been elected to the company’s board of directors.
“We are delighted that Ambassador Foley has joined our board,” said LeRoy Nosbaum, Chairman and CEO of Itron. “His extraordinary understanding of public policy and international business will be a powerful resource as we continue to broaden our role in providing technology solutions to our 2,000 utility customers around the world.”
“It’s hard to imagine a more important issue than using our energy and water resources more efficiently,” according to Foley, “and Itron is the world leader in providing the technology to do so. Over the years, I’ve watched Itron grow from a startup to a thriving, diversified business with more than 1,400 employees and clients all over the globe. Itron is a great success story, but it’s clear to me that the best is yet to come. This is also a wonderful opportunity for me to continue to participate in Spokane, where my heart lies.”
Ambassador Foley, a Spokane native, is a partner in the Washington D.C. law firm of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld. He represented Spokane and Eastern Washington in Congress for 30 years, from 1965-1995. He was the 49th Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and served as Ambassador to Japan from 1997-2001.
He is the current North American Chairman of the Trilateral Commission, an organization of business and government leaders from Europe, North America and Asia devoted to fostering international cooperation.
Itron is a technology provider and critical source of knowledge to the global energy and water industries. More than 2,000 utilities worldwide rely on Itron technology to deliver the knowledge they require to optimize the delivery and use of energy and water.
Itron delivers value to its clients by providing solutions for meter data collection, energy information management, demand side management and response, load forecasting, analysis and consulting services, transmission and distribution system design and optimization, web-based workforce automation, C&I customer care and residential energy management. Itron’s website can be found at www.itron.com.