Ron Sege has been appointed as president and chief executive officer of Echelon Corporation and has also been appointed to the company’s Board of Directors.

Sege most recently served as president and chief operating officer, and Board member, of 3Com Corporation from 2008 through its acquisition by HP.
 
“After an extensive search, we are delighted to have attracted someone with the depth and breadth of experience as Ron,” said M. Kenneth Oshman, executive chairman of Echelon's Board of Directors. “Along with his proven leadership strengths, Ron brings the keen insight, excitement and energy necessary to guide Echelon into the next phase of growth.

Sege added, "I am very excited to join Echelon at this important moment in history. I will focus on accelerating global market penetration for our solutions and driving operational excellence throughout the company. Our time is now and we have tremendous opportunity ahead of us."

Prior to 3Com, Sege was president and chief executive officer of Tropos Networks, Inc. from 2004 to 2008. Prior to Tropos, he was president and chief executive officer of Ellacoya Networks, Inc. and he also served as executive vice president of Lycos, Inc., the Internet search engine. During the nine year period from 1989-1998, he served in a variety of senior management roles at 3Com Corporation, including executive vice president, Global Systems Business Unit.

Sege holds an MBA from Harvard University and a bachelor's degree from Pomona College.

Robert R. Maxfield, who has been serving as CEO since M. Kenneth Oshman stepped down in November 2009, will continue to serve on the company's Board of Directors. Oshman will continue to serve as executive chairman of Echelon.