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Liberty Lake, Wash.-based Itron Inc. has appointed Philip Mezey the company's president and CEO and named him to its board of directors, succeeding LeRoy Nosbaum. Selected by Itron's board of directors following an extensive international search, Mezey will assume his new role Jan. 1, 2013.

Mezey became president and chief operating officer for Itron's global energy segment in March 2011, with responsibility for the operations of Itron's electricity and gas businesses around the world. He has served the company in several capacities, including as senior vice president and chief operating officer of Itron North America, group vice president and general manager, and senior vice president for software solutions.

Upon Itron’s acquisition of Silicon Energy in 2003, Mezey joined the company as managing director of software development for Itron’s Energy Management Solutions group. He joined Silicon Energy in 2000 as vice president of software development. Prior to joining Silicon Energy, Mezey was a founding member and served 12 years with Indus, a provider of integrated asset and customer management software.

Mezey has also announced that John Holleran will become Itron’s executive vice president and chief operating officer to lead the global energy and water segments. Holleran will serve as interim president of Itron’s global energy segment. Holleran previously held the positions of Itron’s senior vice president of special projects and corporate secretary, and he was the company’s general counsel prior to that appointment. In January 2012, his duties shifted to focus primarily on the implementation of Itron’s announced restructuring plans.

Holleran spent 26 years with Boise Cascade Corp. and served in a variety of roles, including 14 years as general counsel. Holleran was also responsible for the company’s procurement function, human resources, transportation businesses, governmental affairs and environmental affairs functions. He has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions and international transactions.

With the new executive leadership established, the board also announced that LeRoy Nosbaum will retire from Itron and the Itron board of directors on Dec. 31, 2012, although he will act in a consulting capacity for at least the next six months.


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