i2O, the smart water network company, today announced that it has appointed Steve Wilkes as Chief Technology Officer. He joins i2O from ONZO, a provider of data analytics insight to electricity companies and brings more than 20 years of technology experience gained building smart networks within the utilities sector.

Steve will be responsible for technology development and delivering new smart water network systems incorporating i2O’s unique, patented data and network control technologies. He will work closely with Joel Hagan, i2O’s Chief Executive, and Keith Hilson, its Customer Solutions Director, to help water providers improve security of supply, customer service and network efficiency.

Steve completes i2O’s senior management team, which has been strengthened in the last year by the appointments of Keith Hilson, previously Head of Leakage at South East Water, and its first Global Sales Director, Kevin Rutledge, who led Oracle’s professional services team serving utilities across the EMEA region before joining i2O.

Joel Hagan, Chief Executive Officer of i2O, comments: “We are delighted that Steve has joined i2O. He has more than 20 years’ experience within the utilities sector and understands the challenges of using data insight and technology to make utility networks smarter, more effective and efficient. This appointment completes i2O’s leadership team and adds significantly to how we can help our water utility customers around the world address the major challenges they face over the coming years.”

Steve Wilkes comments: “With rapidly increasing demand and ageing infrastructure, water utilities now face similar challenges to those that electricity providers have been wrestling with for years. Making networks smarter and more responsive is the answer and I’m very excited to join i2O, the pioneer of data and control solutions for the water sector, to help improve how water companies access these technologies and build the next generation of truly smart water networks.”