INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA (Nov. 6, 2013) Blue Pillar, the leading provider of on-site critical power technology solutions and Digital Energy Networks, announced it has named Thomas J. Willie III as chief executive officer and a member of the company’s board of directors. Mr. Willie will assume his position effective November 4, 2013. Mr. Willie succeeds Kevin Kushman, who has served as CEO since 2010 and will remain on the company’s board and as a strategic advisor.
“We are excited to have Tom lead the company forward into this important expansion period for Blue Pillar,” said Mr. Kushman, who had previously worked alongside Mr. Willie in his most recent role as CEO of smart grid firm Current Group. “Tom’s proven success in building an energy technology company in a rapidly evolving landscape, coupled with his depth in power systems and solution selling will be invaluable as we execute the growth plan for Blue Pillar.”
“Blue Pillar’s Digital Energy Network solution portfolio is a highly differentiated product offering with a strong base of existing customers and the ability to change how critical power customers like hospitals, manufacturers, data centers and institutions manage their infrastructure in a rapidly changing energy market,” said Mr. Willie. “I’m eager to lead the Blue Pillar team to deliver on our product roadmap and expansion to new customer sectors and help both direct customers and our market partners make more secure and efficient decisions on how they will manage critical on-site energy infrastructure going forward.”
Mr. Willie, a native of Indianapolis, was most recently CEO of Current Group, from 2011 until its 2013 acquisition by Ormazabal, a subsidiary of Spanish infrastructure firm Velatia. Mr. Willie had served as CURRENT’s Chief Product Officer and its Chief Operating Officer since December 2003. He also served as the Vice President/Vice Chairman of PRIME Alliance AISBL, a nonprofit industry trade group focused on the development of a new open, public and non-proprietary smart metering and smart grid communications solution. Prior to joining CURRENT, Mr. Willie served as Vice President and General Manager of Siemens/Efficient Networks, which he joined pre-revenue and helped expand to over $250 million in annual revenue and over 150 employees. At Efficient Networks, he was responsible for setting group direction and product strategy, leading product management and development efforts, and overseeing the financial and operational aspects of the business. Prior to his role at Siemens, he held strategic worldwide marketing management positions at Texas Instruments and National Semiconductor. Tom Willie was recently name as one of the 50 Smart Grid Pioneers of 2013 by Smart Grid Today. Mr. Willie obtained his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University in Indianapolis.