Arcadian Networks, a wireless communications carrier for energy companies with dispersed assets (electric, gas and water utilities, and oil and gas companies), has promoted Ed Solar as the new chief executive officer (CEO) of the company. Solar, who joined the company last November as senior vice president of sales and marketing replaces co-founder Gil Perez, who will remain with the company as chairman of the board.

“Since joining Arcadian Networks, Ed has played a strategic role in the company driving new opportunities, relationships and policies,” said Gil Perez. “Ed’s leadership credentials and style have earned him the trust of Arcadian Networks customers, employees, board and me.” Perez added, “Ed’s in-depth knowledge of the electric utility, oil and gas and mission-critical communication industries will be instrumental in driving the deployment and adoption of Arcadian Networks 30+ state broadband wireless 700 MHz communications platform.”

Solar has over fifteen years of executive leadership experience, mainly in the utility and technology industries. Prior to joining Arcadian Networks, he served as vice president, sales and marketing for Cellnet Technology Inc., which was acquired in early 2007 by Bayard Inc. for $705 million.

Prior to joining Cellnet, he oversaw sales initiatives at CES International, where he served as executive vice president. Solar also held positions at Indus International, TSW International, and Price Waterhouse. He began his career as an officer and naval aviator in the United States Navy. He holds a B.S. in applied science from the United States Naval Academy, and a M.S. in engineering management with high honors from the University of South Florida

“There’s no greater challenge facing our nation than energy independence, reliability and efficiency”, stated Solar. “It’s clear to me that technological innovation has always been the catalyst of change in our society; and my goal is to establish Arcadian Networks as the trusted innovator to electric utilities and oil & gas exploration and production companies throughout our service territory, which spans our nation’s heart-land and 30+ States.” “We’re well on our way to gaining the trust of this grossly underserved rural energy marketplace. Great River Energy, the fourth largest generation and transmission electric cooperative in the United States and several of their distribution cooperatives, including Stearns Electric, have transitioned their SCADA mission-critical systems and are benefiting from the reliability, speed and security of Arcadian Networks’ custom communication platform. My goal is to leverage this success, as well as the trust Gil Perez and our board of directors have placed in me, to create a culture which continues to attract innovative professionals with deep industry and technology experience and skills, added Solar.”