Cisco Blogs


Cisco Blog > The Platform

Another Smart Hire for Cisco Smart Grid Team

In March of this year I was thrilled when Jeff Taft from Accenture joined Cisco’s Smart Grid team as the Global Smart Grid Architect.  As a 25 year veteran of the energy and technology sectors, I knew this globally recognized expert would help accelerate Cisco’s Smart Grid strategy.

Today, I am equally excited about Paul De Martini joining the Cisco Smart Grid team as Chief Technology Officer.  Paul joins us from Southern California Edison (SCE) where he was vice president of Advanced Technology, leading SCE’s smart grid strategy, policy and technology development.

Also a recognized expert in the energy and utility industries, Paul will take Cisco’s smart grid leadership team and strategy to a new level.  He’s a member of the National Institute of Standards and Technology IST Smart Grid Interoperability Governing Board, the Edison Electric Institute’s (EEI) Y2030 Strategic Planning Committee and the Electric Power Research Institute’s (EPRI) Intelligrid program.

With his firsthand experience at a large and progressive utility as well as his expertise in regulatory matters, he adds valuable perspective and insight to an already talented team.  

Welcome, Paul!

More about Cisco and Smart Grid here.

In an effort to keep conversations fresh, Cisco Blogs closes comments after 60 days. Please visit the Cisco Blogs hub page for the latest content.

25 Comments.


  1. welcome Jeff and Paul. I look forward to seeing your impact on the Cisco strategy moving forward.

       0 likes

  2. Looks like he have great talent to act on his new position, good luck for Paul.

       0 likes

  3. Jeff and Paul look like great new additions to the already strong Cisco team. It looks good going forward.

       0 likes

  4. From the little bit I know of Paul and Jeff I think they’ll make a great addition to the smart grid team.

       0 likes

  5. As a 25 year veteran of the energy and technology sectors”" Thats pretty impressive! Good luck – both of you!”

       0 likes

  6. This is cetainly a smart move for Cisco and it will be very interesting to see what Paul can add to this technology going forward.

       0 likes

  7. Congratulations for both Cisco, Jeff and Paul. As long as their skills are utilized correctly, I’m sure this is a great move.

       0 likes

  8. sounds like a great addition to the team

       0 likes

  9. Cisco just keeps adding more and more great talent to their on their team. I can’t wait to see what all paul comes up with being backed by Cisco.

       0 likes

  10. This is certainly a great move by CISCO. Congrats to the team, and wishin them greater heights. Regards

       0 likes

  11. The talented and smart team is the best advantage for the company. Good luck!

       0 likes

  12. Jeff and Paul look like great new additions to the already strong Cisco team its good works…

       0 likes

  13. Nice a man with so much experience is definately a valuable addition to the Cisco team. Congratulations to both of them!

       0 likes

  14. Nice addition to the cisco arsenal, Good Move!!

       1 like

  15. Strong move for Cisco with the added help. Nice to know that you have such enthusiasm for new members being added to the Cisco think tank. It will be interesting to see what they come up with in the future.

       0 likes

  16. Kudos to the Cisco Grid Team. Wish you all the best

       0 likes

  17. Karen Snell

    The Smart Grid Team keeps getting smarter and smarter. Welcome Paul and Jeff! Check out the Q&A with Jeff Taft on News@Cisco. You’re next Paul! :-) http://newsroom.cisco.com/dlls/2010/ts_042010.html

       0 likes

  18. great article im very interested in smart metering and smart grids due to working for a power company.

       0 likes

  19. Welcome and Congratulations to Paul and Jeff! Thanks for the update Laura!

       0 likes

  20. That is a strong move from Cisco. I like how Cisco is adding more and more to it. It will be quite interesting to see what happens next.

       0 likes

  21. Welcome paul! We all hope you will make the team better and better!

       0 likes

  22. This is certainly a great move by CISCO. Congrats to the team, and wishin them greater heights. Welcome and Congratulations to Paul and Jeff! Thanks for the update Laura!

       0 likes

  23. Wow, that is great. The SmartGrid is going to be one of the innovations that really helps the country! It must be great to work on that project!

       0 likes

  24. Great move by CISCO lending credibility to the IP Network for utilities. Great move by Paul. Paul will leverage his previous utility position and knowledge assisting the entire industry moving towards Smart Grid. As a fellow electric utility technologist we need all the assitance available to assure our partners that TCP/IP client/server is the Secure Smart Grid communication backbone for today and tomorrow. I personaaly look forward to working with Paul on these issues.

       0 likes

  25. welcome Jeff and Paul to make a grid team better and better!

       0 likes