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15 October, 2020 - 20:09 By Tony Quested

Smart energy firm revamps top team to accelerate growth

geo CEO Steve Cunningham

Cambridge smart energy specialist geo (Green Energy Options) has fortified its top team to boost global scale-up.

Co-founder and CEO, Patrick Caiger-Smith is stepping up to executive chairman and will combine an active role in the business with wooing new investors and building further partnerships.

Steve Cunningham, previously SVP EMEA and CEO for UK and Ireland at Landis+Gyr, takes over as chief executive.

Landis+Gyr, is a publicly listed, multinational corporation with 45 subsidiary companies in over 30 countries and headquartered in Switzerland. It makes meters and related software for electricity and gas utilities.

Cunningham has great experience in large-scale work with utilities and in the B2B2C space and has enjoyed extensive global partnership development success. His background in complex IT systems deployment and management makes his skill set an ideal match to geo’s emerging challenges.

Patrick Caiger-Smith said: “The last 12 months have seen the pace of change in the global energy market accelerate faster than at any stage in geo’s history. 

“To maintain and build on our leadership position in serving our existing and future customers, it’s the right time to strengthen geo’s board and bring a new set of complementary skills to the business.” 

In support of its vision, geo has just announced a strategic partnership with Schneider Electric, focused on creating a step change in how home owners can reduce their energy usage; and the company has a number of additional partnerships in the pipeline, each forming a key part of its strategy. 

Steve Cunningham said: “geo has a unique position in the global energy market thanks to its ability to effectively access and analyse highly accurate, real-time carbon footprint, consumption and cost data and to use that data to provide actionable insights that are critical to managing the impact of climate change. 

“I’ve known geo for a number of years and the opportunity to lead the company in its next stage of development, playing an intrinsic role in the world’s drive towards net zero, is one that I relish.”

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