John Spirtos, Executive Director, New Business Creation with GE Ventures. John has a strong entrepreneurial and operational background; he has spent nearly 18 years in the technology sectors as a senior executive of public and private venture-backed companies. Prior to beginning his work with GE, John was Executive Vice President of iconectiv, the interconnection communications division of LM Ericsson (NYSE – ERIC), responsible for global sales, marketing, corporate development and overall corporate strategy. Prior to joining Ericsson, John was CEO of GridPoint, Inc., a venture-backed provider of enterprise energy management solutions to Fortune 500 companies. GridPoint’s energy management systems have been deployed in nearly 15,000 locations in the US, Canada and the UK. Before joining GridPoint, John was Senior Vice President of Corporate Development at Comverse Technology (NASD – CMVT), a $2.2B provider of communications billing software and solutions, and NeuStar, Inc. (NYSE -- NSR), a provider of database registry services to the telecom and Datacom industries.
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