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Tantalus, a smart grid communications and applications company, has announced that it has appointed Dermot O'Leary chief operating officer (COO).

At Tantalus, Dermot will be responsible for managing day-to-day operations by planning, prioritizing and directing resources to enhance both internal and customer-facing operational processes.

According to Tantalus, O'Leary is a 35-year veteran of the utility industry, and he most recently served as executive vice president and general manager for the substation group at BPL Global. Prior to that, O’Leary spent the majority of his career in a number of executive leadership positions within Schlumberger and also served as VP and GM of Cellnet, where he was responsible for the automated meter reading business unit.

“Tantalus is strategically positioned for significant growth,” says Peter Londa, president and CEO for Tantalus. “Dermot is joining the team at a time where thoughtful planning and implementation are necessary to fully leverage the developmental and operational capabilities of our team. His wealth of knowledge and experience in the smart grid industry will serve as an incredible asset to the company while also maximizing value for our shareholders.”

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