Elster Solutions Appoints Tom Van Denover Senior Vice President of Sales and Joe Orlando Head of Strategy and Marketing, North America

RALEIGH, N.C., Oct. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Elster Solutions announced today that the company has appointed Tom Van Denover as senior vice president of sales and Joe Orlando as head of strategy and marketing, North America.

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Van Denover brings to Elster more than 28 years of experience in consultative selling and marketing to utilities worldwide. He joins Elster after serving as senior vice president of sales at Itron/SmartSynch. His successful career comprises solid growth achievements at several Smart Grid companies, including Tropos Networks and Comverge, where he served in executive positions.

"Elster Solutions has a long history of delivering industry-leading innovation to the utility market and I look forward to further advancing this lead," said Van Denover.

"Tom brings extensive experience and expertise in selling Smart Grid solutions and services to the worldwide utility industry," said Ed Myszka, president, Elster Solutions. "His background and demonstrated leadership capabilities will be invaluable for Elster as we continue to expand our presence in this fast-growing market."

Orlando will lead Elster Solutions' strategy and marketing organization. He comes to Elster with more than 30 years of experience from IBM, Motorola, PricewaterhouseCoopers and several additional independent professional entrepreneurial endeavors.

"This is an exciting time for Elster Solutions as the global adoption of Smart Grid is rapidly increasing with more utilities building out their communications infrastructures," said Myszka. "Adding Joe to the team will allow us to capitalize on his background and diverse expertise to bring more market awareness of the benefits of Elster Solutions' Smart Grid and electricity metering products and services."

"The necessary changes to the aging, global electricity infrastructure are beginning to increase and Elster Solutions is playing a significant role in the way municipalities, cooperatives and investor-owned utilities are modernizing their systems," said Orlando. "Things are moving fast in this industry and I look forward to helping Elster Solutions accelerate adoption of the technologies that support our customers' efforts to upgrade."

Both Van Denover and Orlando will report directly to Myszka.

About Elster

With more 170 years of experience, Elster Solutions has built a reputation on providing cutting-edge technologies to deliver world class products, systems and services to utility clients worldwide. Elster Solutions has two main areas of business - electricity metering products and Smart Metering and Smart Grid system solutions. Elster Solutions engineers fully interoperable smart electricity metering products through custom-made options for utility customers and award-winning end-to-end solutions for the Smart Grid with EnergyAxis, a multi-utility advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) system for water, gas and electricity around the world.

Elster Solutions helps utilities improve their revenue cycle services, customer service, delivery reliability, and enable efficient energy usage by utility consumers through demand response and in home networking capabilities.

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