Tollgrade Names Andrus VP of Global Smart Grid Sales

Tollgrade Communications has appointed James Andrus as Vice President of Global Smart Grid Sales. Cranberry Township, Pa.-based Tollgrade, which is backed by Golden Gate Capital, provides service assurance solutions to electric utilities and telecommunications providers.


RESTON, Va., May 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Tollgrade Communications, Inc., a global leader in providing service assurance solutions to the world’s largest electric utilities and telecommunications providers, announced today the appointment of James F. Andrus as Vice President of Global Smart Grid Sales. In this role Jim will be responsible for leading Tollgrade’s Smart Grid sales strategies and account management for Tollgrade’s LightHouse® offerings worldwide. Andrus will report to Tom Kolb , COO of Tollgrade.
“Jim’s background and experience is a tremendous addition to our management team and comes at an important time for Tollgrade,” said Ed Kennedy , President and CEO, Tollgrade Communications, Inc. “He is an energy industry veteran with 25 years of experience driving sales at market leading smart grid companies such as ABB, Itron, Elster and ACLARA. His extensive experience and success in Latin American markets in particular will be a great complement to our global expansion strategy.”
“I am very excited to join Tollgrade, a company that is redefining the standard for reliability at utilities worldwide,” said James F. Andrus , Vice President of Global Smart Grid Sales. “Improving grid reliability is a mission-critical objective of all utilities worldwide. Tollgrade technology takes the Smart Grid to the next level of reliability and efficiency.”
Before joining Tollgrade Andrus was Vice-President of the Americas at Echelon Corporation. Prior to this he held executive sales management positions at ABB, Itron, Elster and ACLARA. He has served on numerous industry association committees and boards and is the past President of Utilimetrics (formerly Automatic Meter Reading Association). Andrus has frequently published articles on issues relating to utility automation strategies and technology and is a featured speaker for many utility organizations and associations in North and South America. Andrus holds a BA from the University of Hartford and an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
About Tollgrade
With a global footprint and over 25 years of experience providing cutting-edge service assurance solutions, Tollgrade Communications, Inc, has built a reputation for improving the reliability and operational efficiency at the world’s largest utilities and broadband service providers, allowing operators to reduce customer downtime and recover lost revenue. Named one of the Top 13 Smart Grid Companies to Watch in 2013, Tollgrade is part of the Golden Gate Capital portfolio – a San Francisco‐based private equity firm with more than $12 billion of capital under their management. Learn more about the company at