San Mateo, CA, January 8, 2007 - Following a year of successful customer pilots, product advancements and significant funding developments, Silver Spring Networks announced today that Dan Middleton has joined the company as Vice President of Worldwide Sales.
will lead the sales organization and strategy development, reporting to Scott Lang, President and CEO.
"We are delighted to welcome Dan
to Silver Spring Networks
"As a veteran of the data networking industry, I recognize that Silver Spring Networks
' standards-based solutions have unique value for the utility industry to create and deliver a host of interactive applications to its customers" said Dan
"With our open approach, utilities will lower operating costs, increase customer interaction in both traditional and alternative energy and improve the service reliability of their networks."
Prior to joining Silver Spring Networks, Dan was General Manager and Senior Vice President of Riverstone Networks, a leading IP data networking company.
He joined Riverstone in 2004 to turn it around and expand its IP networking business.
helped shape and execute on the strategy that delivered strong fiscal and customer growth.
This success resulted in Lucent Technologies
$207 million purchase of Riverstone Networks
in April 2006.
For the 10 years prior to joining Riverstone, Dan held various executive positions with Nortel Networks.
leadership included roles such as the Vice President for the Enterprise Data businesses across EMEA, Vice President of IP Technical Sales and Support
in the Americas, Global Marketing and Business Development VP for the Cable TV market.
also ran Nortel Asia's efforts with the Broadband industry's expansion from video into new two-way, interactive solutions.
In 1998, Dan was part of the executive team that created NOR.WEB Ltd, a European-based venture between Nortel Networks and United Utilities.
was the pioneer in Broadband Over Powerline (BPL) solutions for the utility industry.
In early 1998, Dan
helped to establish the marketing and customer strategy for this new joint venture in Europe.
returned to the US to lead the formation of a new company to address the unique US electrical infrastructure with Broadband access.
Before joining Nortel Networks, Dan was the Director of Sales for York International Corporation, an Enterprise oriented supplier of industrial HVAC and process equipment in North America.
Dan holds a Bachelors of Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a MBA from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business.