John Harris of Landis+Gyr announced as new President of ESMIG

General Assembly of smart metering association elects long-standing industry expert and Head of Regulatory and Governmental Affairs for Landis+Gyr

Zug, Switzerland / Lisbon, Portugal, June 21, 2018The association of European Smart Energy Solutions providers, ESMIG, has announced John Harris, Vice President and Head of Regulatory and Governmental Affairs for Landis+Gyr, as its new President with immediate effect. Mr Harris has been active in the association from its founding ten years ago. He first led the working group on Regulation and Policy and in 2015, he also started serving as the Vice President of ESMIG. The energy industry veteran accepted the opportunity to become President of ESMIG during the latest Annual Strategic General Assembly in Lisbon on June 21. The event also marked the occasion of the group’s 10th Anniversary.

John Harris takes over from Maher Chebbo, Chief Business Innovation Officer for Digital Energy at General Electric. “I am delighted and honored to take on ESMIG’s presidency – and want to thank Maher Chebbo for his tireless devotion to this important role in ESMIG over the last four years,” Mr Harris commented following the election.  “In the past ten years, this association has become more than just a voice of the metering industry in Europe. As we experience disruptive changes throughout the energy industry, ESMIG is continuously working on shaping the framework of the energy transformation by representing its members’ interests and making positive contributions to policy and technical debates.”

​A graduate in International Economics and European Studies from Johns Hopkins University, Mr Harris looks back on a career of more than 20 years in the energy industry. Before joining Landis+Gyr as Vice President and Head of Regulatory and Governmental Affairs in 2008, he worked in E.ON’s EU Representative Office in Brussels, and in the Energy Policy Dept. of E.ON Energie in Munich, Germany. Since June 2016, he has been chairman of Swissmem’s (Swiss machine, electronic and metal industries) committee for environmental and energy policy.

Originally founded as the European Smart Metering Industry Group, ESMIG has become the most important representation of providers of smart energy solutions. On June 4, the association celebrated the 10th Anniversary of its founding with a conference in Brussels entitled “Europe’s energy market transformation and the impact of smart and disruptive digital technologies”. The group is currently preparing the ground for its vision of the future energy system in Europe and strives for an active role in this transition.


ESMIG is the European voice of the smart energy solution providers. Our members’ products and services provide the crucial ingredients in smart consumer energy management: they accurately measure, transfer and process energy related data while ensuring this data is relevant, safe and reliable. We advocate for a regulatory framework that accelerates the introduction of our members’ innovative products and services, which are fundamental to the smart energy and water systems of Europe’s future. We actively contribute to the creation of a competitive internal energy market by development of architectures and open standards that allow efficient implementation and integration of new energy management technologies and services.

About Landis+Gyr

Landis+Gyr is the leading global provider of integrated energy management solutions for the utility sector. Offering one of the broadest portfolios of products and services to address complex industry challenges, the company delivers comprehensive solutions for the foundation of a smarter grid, including smart metering, distribution network sensing and automation tools, load control, analytics and energy storage. Landis+Gyr operates in over 30 countries across five continents. With sales of approximately USD 1.7 billion, the company employs c. 6,000 people with the sole mission of helping the world manage energy better. More information is available at


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