Rick McPhee Joins Opower as Vice President of Engineering
Data Security Background Matches Opower’s Commitment to Energy Data Privacy
ARLINGTON, Va. – March 21, 2012 – Opower, the leading energy management software company, today announced that Rick McPhee has been appointed as the company’s new Vice President of Engineering. Mr. McPhee has more than 10 years of experience leading engineering teams to build complex software systems for the enterprise and is a widely respected technology leader in the security industry. Mr. McPhee will be based out of Opower’s San Francisco office.
Mr. McPhee previously served as vice president of engineering at Fortify, an HP company that provides Software Security Assurance products and services. There he was responsible for research and development for the flagship Fortify 360 product suite and the Fortify On Demand SaaS product. Mr. McPhee continued Fortify’s research and development team through the company’s acquisition by HP. Prior to Fortify, he was Vice President of Engineering at Vormetric, which develops encryption and key management products to protect sensitive data wherever it is stored. Prior to Vormetric, he was vice president of engineering at Sychron. Mr. McPhee holds a bachelor of science in computer science from the University of Glasgow and a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Oxford.
“Rick’s expertise in data security aligns with Opower’s commitment to the security and privacy of our customers’ data,” said Dan Yates, co-founder and CEO of Opower. “His decade of experience building engineering teams and his entrepreneurial leadership and commitment to customer success will bring great value as we continue to grow at such a fast pace.”
Mr. McPhee’s hiring follows Opower’s recent publishing of its Data Privacy Principles. These principles are a comprehensive set of commitments that give consumers control of their energy consumption information and provide transparency to clients and the public about how the company uses and protects that information.
“Opower has taken on a leadership role in the smart grid industry in protecting customers’ data through its Data Principles,” said Mr. McPhee. “I’m excited to lead an incredibly talented team of engineers, and to continue scaling our industry-leading platform to partner to more utility partners around the globe, while staying true to our core product design and data security principles.”
Opower is a leader in customer engagement and energy management software, providing the utility industry’s only cross-channel customer engagement platform proven to drive energy efficiency gains on a large scale. Using cutting-edge behavioral science and patent-pending data analytics, the Opower platform enables utilities to provide targeted energy data and advice to individual customers. Sixty-five utilities—including 8 of the 10 largest in the US—partner with Opower to improve the effectiveness of their energy-efficiency portfolios and motivate their customers to become more energy efficient, and increase the level of customer engagement and overall customer satisfaction. For utilities with Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI), the Opower platform represents a cost-effective way to convert hourly data into measurable energy savings, delivering a clear return on investment directly to the customers. Founded in 2007 and privately held, Opower is headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, and has regional offices in San Francisco, California, and London, England. For more information, please visit www.opower.com.