Tobin Richardson is to assume the role of Chairman and CEO of the ZigBee Alliance, taking over from the founding CEO, Bob Heile.

Heile, who according to a ZigBee statement, felt “it was time to change roles after managing the day-to-day operations of the Alliance for the past 10 years,” will assume the new role of Chairman Emeritus and Chief Technologist.

Richardson has served the Alliance as the Director of Smart Energy since 2008. In that time he has assisted numerous utilities, regulators, standards groups and companies considering how best to implement smart grid programs using ZigBee Smart Energy. Under his leadership ZigBee Smart Energy adoption has grown to over 50 million meters globally.

Heile was a driving force behind the creation of the Alliance and served as the CEO since it was formed with just 15 members in 2002. Today the Alliance has over 400 members who have produced more than a dozen ZigBee standards and specifications that have spawned nearly 700 ZigBee certified products.

In his new role Heile will represent ZigBee Alliance technical interests among other standards organizations and will continue to evangelize its merits on the global stage.

“On behalf of the ZigBee Alliance Board of Directors, I want to personally thank Bob Heile for his outstanding contributions that have propelled ZigBee to its leadership position today,” said Ed Eckert, chairman of the board, ZigBee Alliance.

He continued: “Tobin Richardson has proven himself to be a resourceful and strategic leader capable of working with key stakeholders anywhere. The Board believes this makes Tobin ideal to lead the ZigBee Alliance into its next decade.”