Itron elects Sharon Nelson to board of directors

SPOKANE, WA, March 12, 2003 — Itron Inc. announced that Sharon Nelson, director of Shidler Center for Law, Commerce and Technology, University of Washington, has been elected to the company’s board of directors.

“We are delighted that Sharon Nelson has joined our board,” said LeRoy Nosbaum, chairman and CEO of Itron. “Her background in law, legislative counsel, and strategic issues relating to a variety of corporate and nonprofit entities will help provide effective leadership as we continue to broaden our role in providing technology solutions to our more than 2,800 utility customers around the world.”

“The use of energy and water is an issue that affects each of us,” said Nelson, “and one in which Itron plays an increasingly important role. As someone who has watched the company’s continuous growth over the years, I’m excited and honored to be an active contributor to its successful future.”

Prior to assuming her current role, Nelson was a consultant to both corporations and non-profit organizations, specializing in strategic development. She has extensive experience with issues affecting the utility industry, having served as both chairman of the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission and president of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners.

Nelson holds a law degree from the University of Washington.

About Itron

Itron is a technology provider and source of knowledge to the global energy and water industries. More than 2,800 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, commercial and industrial customer care and residential energy management. Itron’s web site can be found at


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