Energy industry veteran James F. Andrus has been appointed as vice president of Global Smart Grid Sales at service assurance solutions provider Tollgrade Communications, Inc., with responsibility for leading the company’s smart grid sales strategies and account management for its LightHouse® offerings worldwide.

“I am very excited to join Tollgrade, a company that is redefining the standard for reliability at utilities worldwide,” said Andrus, who brings 25 years of industry experience. “Improving grid reliability is a mission critical objective of all utilities worldwide. Tollgrade technology takes the smart grid to the next level of reliability and efficiency.”

Previously Andrus was vice president of the Americas at Echelon Corporation. Prior to this he held executive sales management positions at ABB, Itron, Elster and Aclara.

Andrus has served on numerous industry association committees and boards and is a past president of Utilimetrics (formerly Automatic Meter Reading Association).

Andrus holds a BA from the University of Hartford and an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.