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The Smart Grid Interoperability Panel's (SGIP) board of directors has selected Patrick Gannon as the group's executive director and president. The SGIP, an international nonprofit organization, aims to drive the collaboration, coordination and promotion of smart grid standards interoperability.

Gannon, who will serve as the SGIP's first executive director, recently served as president of Warning Systems Inc. and as president and CEO of OASIS, the international standards consortium. In 2006, he was appointed a high-level advisor to the United Nations Global Alliance for ICT and Development. He also served with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe as chairman of the Team of Specialists for Internet Enterprise Development, which advised governments in transitional economies on best practices for electronic business.

As executive director, Gannon will work with the group’s board of directors to form strategic plans for the SGIP and will market the organization, raise revenue, build membership, and pursue sponsorships and grants. He also will run the day-to-day operations of the organization, providing leadership for the staff, managing contractors and overseeing business affairs.

“We are excited to have an executive director with such strong roots in standards development, international commerce and organizational leadership,” says John McDonald, SGIP board chairman. “At this key moment in SGIP’s development, we promised SGIP members that we would find ‘best of breed’ individuals and contractors to drive our success. With Patrick’s appointment, we are delivering on that promise in a big way.”

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