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The smart grid solutions firm has named Tom Deitrich to the position of president and chief executive officer.

Phillip Mezey, who was CEO since 2013, announced his retirement earlier this year and will work with Deitrich to ensure a smooth transition.

Tom Deitrich will take over the CEO role as from August 6.

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The new CEO will also join Itron’s board of directors after serving as Itron’s executive vice president and COO since October 2015.

Deitrich has over 20 years of experience in executive management roles, worked for technology firms including ony Ericsson Mobile Communications and General Electric Corporation.

New Itron CEO Tom Deitrich

“After conducting an extensive global search considering multiple candidates, the board of directors determined that Tom Deitrich exhibited the best skill set for Itron's continued operational transformation and success, a compelling understanding of the marketplace and a strong strategic vision for Itron's future,” said Lynda Ziegler, chair of Itron’s board of directors.

“I am honored to serve the company in the role of CEO. It’s my privilege to work more closely with our team members around the globe to better serve our customers. We have a tremendous opportunity to innovate and grow our business in the Industrial Internet of Things market, and I’m committed to executing our strategy and building more value for our customers and shareholders,” said Deitrich.

Phillip Mezey shared his insights on the future of utilities with us, watch the video below