DENVER, Colorado - Nov. 16, 2015 - Howard Janzen, President and CEO of Cool Planet Energy Systems, has joined the Board of Directors of Bye Aerospace, Inc., a world leader in the development of solar-electric aircraft.
George Bye, Chairman and CEO of Bye Aerospace, said he was honored to welcome Janzen to the board. "Howard is an expert pilot and has a distinctly unique combination of business and technical expertise," Bye said. "We are applying clean energy to aerospace and general aviation with the goal of making our industry more energy efficient and cost effective, much like what Cool Planet is doing to create green fuels and engineered biocarbon to improve our supply of energy, food and water."
Previously, Janzen was CEO of One Communications, the country's largest privately held multi-regional supplier of integrated telecommunications solutions to businesses, from March 2007 until its sale to Earthlink on April 1, 2011. From January 2004 to September 2005, he served as President of Sprint Business Solutions, the business unit serving Sprint's global business customer base with almost 10,000 employees and $12 billion in annual revenue. From May 2003 to January 2004, Janzen was President of Sprint's Global Markets Group, responsible for Sprint's $8 billion long distance business for both consumer and business customers. From 1994 until October 2002, he served as President and CEO, and Chairman from 2001, of Williams Communications Group, where he led the company in completing its almost $7 billion next generation fiber optics network and completed the largest IPO in the telecom industry at that time with peak market capitalization of $30 billion. Beginning in 1979, Janzen served in a number of leadership roles in Williams' energy and natural gas pipeline businesses.
Janzen currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of GTT, Sonus Networks and Vocera Communications. He earned Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in metallurgical engineering from The Colorado School of Mines and is a licensed Professional Engineer. He also completed the Harvard Business School Program for Management Development. Janzen was named a Colorado School of Mines Distinguished Achievement Medalist and was inducted into the University of Tulsa, College of Engineering and Natural Sciences Hall of Fame. Janzen serves as a board member for the Colorado School of Mines Foundation and The University of Tulsa. He also serves on the Governor's Science and Technology Council for the State of Oklahoma and is a Commissioner and Vice Chairman of the Global Information Infrastructure Commission (GIIC). Janzen is an active instrument rated pilot with over 6,000 hours of flying time and serves on the TBM Owners and Pilots Association board. He and his wife of 37 years have flown their airplane to 27 countries "Aviation has always been an important part of my life and I am honored to have the opportunity to put that passion to work in an innovative business that is uniquely positioned to change the aviation industry," Janzen said.
Bye Aerospace is developing an advanced, high altitude, long endurance solar-electric unmanned aerial vehicle called "StratoAirNet." The company also launched Aero Electric Aircraft Corp., which is planning to offer the "Sun Flyer," the first certified U.S.-sponsored, practical, all-electric airplane serving the aviation flight training markets. Assembly has commenced on the 2-seat prototype Sun Flyer.
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