GridPoint Appoints COO, New Advisors


GridPoint Inc., a clean-tech company based in Arlington, Va., has appointed Michael R. Lach chief operating officer (COO). Previously, Lach served as president and COO for NeuStar, which was named 2005 Technology IPO of the Year.

Lach is responsible for GridPoint's operational development and day-to-day execution across all departments. In a variety of leadership positions throughout his career, he has demonstrated strategic vision, organizational development and consistent execution in areas including operations, engineering, IT, mergers and acquisitions, business integration, customer service, sales and marketing.

Prior to NeuStar, Lach served as president of network and systems services for Winstar Communications, handling the engineering, construction, operations and information systems of the company's broadband network for over 30,000 customers. He has a degree in industrial engineering from Purdue University.

Karl Lewis, who previously served as GridPoint's COO, has assumed the role of chief strategy officer, focused on corporate development opportunities.

GridPoint has also appointed electric vehicle pioneer Kenneth R. Baker and former director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) George J. Tenet to its board of advisors.

Currently, Baker serves as president and CEO of TechBroker LLC, and he was previously president and CEO of Altarum. He is a member of the board of directors of AeroVironment, Ener1, Millennium Cell, and the National Coalition for Advanced Manufacturing. He is also a member of the board of governors of the Cranbrook Institute of Science.

Tenet is a managing director at Allen & Co., where he is responsible for the firm's international merchant banking business. Tenet served as the 18th director of CIA from 1997 to 2004. Most recently, Tenet was a member of the faculty of the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University as distinguished professor in the practice of diplomacy, and senior research associate at the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy,

SOURCE: GridPoint Inc.

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