Landis+Gyr Holdings, the global leader in energy management offering utilities next generation "smart grid" solutions, today announced the appointment of Stan March as Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications.

Mr. March, 49, joins from STMicroelectronics, where he served as Group Vice President of Investor Relations.

"I am delighted to join the Landis+Gyr team at such a crucial juncture," said Mr. March. "At a time of soaring energy costs, Landis+Gyr smart meter solutions are revolutionizing energy management and grid reliability across the globe."

In his new role, Mr. March has overall responsibility for the development and implementation of Landis+Gyr's global corporate communications strategy. Mr. March reports to Cameron O'Reilly, CEO of Landis+Gyr Holdings.

"Stan is the right person at the right time for Landis+Gyr as we navigate an exciting next phase of growth," said Mr. O'Reilly. "Stan brings an impressive depth and breadth of experience to this new and important role. In the weeks ahead, we plan to make other key additions to our corporate team."

Mr. March is based in New York City, where Landis+Gyr opened a new corporate office to complement its global headquarters in Zug, Switzerland.

The opening of the New York office reflects Landis+Gyr's continuing commitment to the growing U.S. market, which already accounts for more than a third of its global business. In recent weeks, Landis+Gyr has unveiled a number of major deals with utilities across the globe, including one of the biggest yet announced in the U.S. -- a four-year advanced metering contract with Texas utility Oncor.

Under the agreement, Oncor will deploy a next generation Landis+Gyr advanced meter system to empower seven million Texas consumers, through 3 million homes and small businesses, to independently manage their energy consumption, cut their energy bills and protect the environment.

Smart metering solutions provide utilities with a two-way flow of data required to manage energy use, efficiency and demand response and network protection. Consumers benefit from improved usage information and with it, the ability to reduce overall energy costs.

At STMicroelectronics, Europe's largest semiconductor manufacturer with 10 billion USD in annual revenues, Mr. March was responsible for the company's global investor relations program and all financial communications for the company.

Mr. March oversaw STMicroelectronics' listings in Paris, Milan and New York where the company was included in many of the most prominent local indices. Mr. March was responsible for the related communications and disclosure requirements tied to the multinational listings.

Prior to that, Mr. March worked at Tenneco, a US based diversified global manufacturing company, serving in operating management positions as well as working on merger and acquisitions and divestitures and the related communications efforts for the 12 billion USD company.

Before leaving Tenneco, Mr. March headed the investor relations program and was part of the management team that led the final transformation of the conglomerate into five strong companies.

A former US military officer, Mr. March has both graduate and undergraduate degrees in engineering. While at West Point, he captained the Army football team.