Simon Beresford-Wylie has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Elster Group, effective immediately.

Beresford-Wylie, 51, joins Elster from Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN), one of the world’s largest telecommunications infrastructure and network solutions companies, where he was CEO and a member of the Nokia Group Executive Board.

“Simon Beresford-Wylie’s deep experience leading and transforming a global technology company that combined hardware, software and professional services into a portfolio of advanced customer solutions is directly relevant to Elster,” said Howard Dyer, chairman of Elster Group. “He will bring exceptional value to our customers and also to the Group as it moves into a period of sustained growth driven by the transition to smart grid technology.”

“I am excited and honored to have been asked to lead Elster,” said Beresford-Wylie. “Elster has a superb set of assets and capabilities, including global presence and scale, one of the world’s largest combined installed bases of electricity, gas and water meters, talented people, and a long history of developing and providing innovative, trusted solutions to its customers. I am looking forward to contributing to this next phase of growth.”

Beresford-Wylie joined the Nokia Group in 1998 and led NSN since its inception in 2007. From 1998 to 2007, he held a variety of senior leadership positions within the Nokia Group in Asia-Pacific and Europe. From 1995 to 1998, he was CEO of Indian mobile network operator Modi Telstra, and prior to this was an executive with Australia’s Telstra Corporation. He holds a degree from the Australian National University, and is a graduate of the Executive Development Program of Stanford University/National University of Singapore.