SOLON, Ohio, May 21, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Energy Focus, Inc. (EFOI), a leader in LED lighting technologies, today announced it has appointed venture capital veteran Steve Socolof to its Board of Directors (the “Board”) effective May 21, 2019.
Mr. Socolof is a Managing Partner of Tech Council Ventures (“TCV”), a venture fund investing in early-stage growth companies in the Mid-Atlantic region and sponsored by the NJ Tech Council industry association, which has approximately 1,000 corporate and university members. He is currently on the board of Stratis IoT, SunRay Scientific, and Vydia as well as Everspin Technologies, a NASDAQ listed semiconductor and electronics technology company. He was recently a director of Airclic (sold to Descartes Systems), Alverix (sold to Beckton Dickinson & Company), Neohapsis (sold to Cisco Systems), Silicon Hive (sold to Intel Corporation), Sychip (sold to Murata Manufacturing Co.), and an observer of Flarion Technologies (sold to Qualcomm Inc.).
Before his venture capital career, Mr. Socolof created and ran the venture incubator for Lucent’s Bell Laboratories for 5 years, and then formed and ran New Venture Partners for 15 years investing in commercialization of technologies spun out of corporate labs. Previously, he spent 8 years with the management-consulting firm Booz, Allen & Hamilton, where he was a leader of the practice focused on enhancing corporate innovation.
Mr. Socolof has also been a leader in the corporate venture community and was Chair of the Corporate Venture Group within the National Venture Capital Association and on the Advisory Board of Global Corporate Venturing. Mr. Socolof received an MBA degree from The Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College, where he is currently on the board of the Center for the Study of Venture Capital & Private Equity. He received degrees in Economics and Mathematical Sciences from Stanford University.
“We are very excited to have Steve join our Board as we transition to the next phase of growth,” said James Tu, Chairman, CEO & President. “Steve has been a professional, accomplished and well-respected technology investor for over 20 years, helping numerous startups commercialize technologies, scale operations, form alliances and execute M&As. Steve also brings a wealth of experience in enterprise software, wireless communications, building intelligence and environmental technologies that are particularly relevant to Energy Focus we accelerate towards integrating a myriad of disruptive technologies to enable connected lighting and optimize building energy efficiency in the most impactful and practical manner. We look forward to Steve’s contributions to our innovation and expansion initiatives in the years ahead.”
“As buildings represent approximately 40% of global energy consumption with lighting being a significant component of, I’m excited about working with James, who brings tremendous passion and vision, to help Energy Focus make a substantial impact on environmental sustainability,” said Mr. Socolof.
About Energy Focus
Energy Focus is an industry-leading innovator of energy-efficient LED lighting technologies. As the pioneer of direct-wire LED tubes and creator of the first UL-verified low flicker LED products, Energy Focus products provide extensive energy and maintenance savings, and aesthetics, safety, health, and sustainability benefits over conventional lighting. Since 2007, the accumulated failure rate of our LED products has been well less than 0.1%, meaning over 99.9% of the millions of products we sold are still working today. Our customers include U.S. and foreign navies, U.S. federal, state and local governments, healthcare and educational institutions, as well as Fortune 500 companies. Energy Focus is headquartered in Solon, Ohio. For more information, visit our website at www.energyfocus.com
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