Austin Energy CIO and chief architect of the company’s smart grid Andres Carvallo is to join smart grid and smart home software platform provider Grid Net as executive vice president and chief strategy officer.

Carvallo will work closely with Grid Net chief executive officer Ray Bell to help shape and drive the company’s product strategies, and to propel its products and solutions into new customer engagements and markets. He will be responsible for the company’s branding, messaging, partnerships, marketing, commercialization, support and solutions efforts, worldwide.

“We welcome the addition of Andres Carvallo, a highly regarded, well respected smart grid thought leader with deep industry expertise,” said Ray Bell, Grid Net founder and chief executive officer. “Andres’ insights and stature in this industry, along with his expertise, experience, and background, make him the perfect chief strategy officer for Grid Net.”

Carvallo brings more than 24 years of experience in the energy, telecommunications, computer, and software industries. Having held executive management positions since 1992, he has been responsible for the successful development and commercialization of over 40 products, in companies ranging from start-ups to market leaders such as Philips Electronics, Digital Equipment Corporation, Borland, and Microsoft.

Most recently, he was the chief information officer at Austin Energy, where he was responsible for the utility’s technology vision, planning, development and operations, and a member of both the eight person executive team and the Innovation and Opportunity Development executive board. While at Austin Energy, he defined and promoted the term “smart grid”, was the chief architect of the first smart grid to be fully deployed in the U.S., and led a comprehensive, highly lauded technology transformation of the utility.

“I am excited to join the Grid Net team: it’s one of the easiest career decisions I’ve ever made,” said Carvallo. “I look forward to working with Ray and the rest of the team to propel Grid Net to the next level and to help my friends across the utility industry realize their own real-time, all-IP smart grid implementations.”