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RS Technologies Inc. names George H. Kirby as new CEO

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Mr. Kirby, a successful public company CEO, has applicable experience commercializing and deploying new technologies.

A November 2020 RS PowerON™ pole installation for a 24.9kV river crossing application by Hydro Québec north of Gatineau. Due to woodpeckers, wood pole life in this region is typically 10 years. The topped wood pole on the left is approximately 20 years old and its “like for like” replacement in the middle is 10 years old. With the installation of the RS composite pole guarding against woodpecker damage, utilities are proceeding confidently based on the pole’s expected 80-year service life. (CNW Group/RS Technologies Inc.)

TILBURY and CALGARY — The Board of Directors of RS Technologies Inc., a global provider of composite utility poles, announced that George H. Kirby has been named as Chief Executive Officer of the Company, effective November 1st, 2021. Howard Elliott, who has served as the President and CEO of RS for the last 10 years, will continue to play an integral role, remaining as President and Chief Operating Officer with a focus on operations and technology development. The Board wishes to express its deep gratitude to Howard for his contribution during his tenure with RS as a composite utility pole manufacturer.

George Kirby, an aerospace engineer by education, studied composite structures and applied this knowledge throughout his career at GE Power, AMSC, SAIC and AECOM. Mr. Kirby, a successful public company CEO, has applicable experience commercializing and deploying technologies.

“George’s long career in the power industry commercializing disruptive technologies, plus his experience with capital markets, makes him the right leader at the right time for this phase of the Company’s growth” said Don Lowry, Chairman of the Board of RS.

Until June of 2021, George was the CEO of Ocean Power Technologies Inc., a company involved in cost-effective low-carbon marine power data and service solutions. OPT is spearheading the commercialization of power generation through the deployment of technology that harnesses the mechanical energy created by waves to electricity.


George Kirby stated, “I believe RS possesses industry-leading pole technology and a growth trajectory that makes this a once in a lifetime opportunity to redefine the standard of sustainable and environmentally-responsible power pole grid infrastructure. RS Technologies’ growth has been impressive with increased production capacity coming online early in 2022 at the new St. George, Utah plant to meet surging demand. Increasingly, leading utility executives are recognizing that RS offers innovative solutions that address the threat of grid instability due to the increasing severity and frequency of climate events like fires and hurricanes. The Company’s products provide an indispensable means to address the impact of climate change by creating the grid of the future that is more sustainable and environmentally friendly.”

George received his Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from Syracuse University and his Master of Business Administration from Penn State University.


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