Patrick Gannon, a former United Nations advisor, has been named as the first executive director and president of the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP).

Gannon brings years of international leadership and management experience in the worlds of ecommerce and standards. Most recently he served as president of Warning Systems, Inc. and previously as president and CEO of OASIS Open.

He was appointed in 2006 as a high-level advisor to the United Nations Global Alliance for ICT and Development (UNGAID). Prior to that, he served with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), as chairman of the Team of Specialists for Internet Enterprise Development. He also served as a member of the US Election Assistance Commission (EAC) Technical Guidelines Development Committee (TGDC).

Earlier in his career Gannon worked for BEA Systems, as senior vice president in the eCommerce Integration Division, and at Netfish Technologies, as vice president of Marketing and Industry Programs. He also served as vice president of Strategic Programs for the CommerceNet Consortium in Palo Alto, California.

“This is an exciting time for SGIP as it clearly has the momentum to advance the global deployment of smart grid technology standards, which improve the reliability, efficiency and security of electrical power grids,” said Gannon. “I am committed to making sure all affected stakeholders can participate and have a say in the process.”

The executive director is a new role in the SGIP, to work with the SGIP’s Board of Directors to form the vision and detailed strategic plan for the organization. Responsibilities include running the day-to-day operations of the organization, providing leadership for the staff, managing contractors, and overseeing business affairs, as well as marketing the organization, raising revenue, building membership, and pursuing sponsorships and grants.