Remembering Jim Davis
February 25, 2017
It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the passing of our dear friend and colleague, Chief Executive Officer Jim Davis. Jim passed away after a hard-fought battle against cancer. Gregg Rotenberg, President and acting CEO of Smart Wires, released the following statement in remembrance of Jim and his contributions to a clean energy future.
“Jim was a special leader, a long-time mentor to me and one of my closest friends. I will miss him every day. Alongside the world-class team that Jim assembled, I will honor his legacy by working tirelessly at Smart Wires to fulfill our shared dream of making power grids all over the world more efficient and enable the use of much larger amounts of renewable energy,” said Rotenberg. “Jim devoted his career to the protection of our planet. I followed him to three different companies over the last 22 years and I would have never worked for anyone else as long as he was alive. I never encountered a stronger or more talented business leader and his personal impact on our planet and the thousands of employees he managed would be hard to overstate.”
Jim was hired as the Chief Executive Officer of Smart Wires in 2014. Under his leadership, Smart Wires designed and manufactured revolutionary products that are helping utilities all over the world make their power grids more reliable and efficient. Before joining Smart Wires, Jim built Chevron Energy Solutions (CES) into a leading energy efficiency, power system reliability and renewable energy service company. CES developed hundreds of sustainability projects that saved institutions and businesses more than $1 billion in energy costs and reduced greenhouse gas emissions by more than three million metric tons. In 2004, he was recognized as the Northern California winner of the prestigious Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Previously Jim held senior executive positions with PG&E Energy Services and Duke/Louis Dreyfus where he created and led the retail energy services businesses which offered comprehensive energy solutions to commercial, industrial and public sector customers.
Jim is survived by his wife Joan and sons Matt and Alex.