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LED Lighting Company Energy Focus Hires First Legal Chief

Sept. 29, 2020, 8:29 PM

Energy Focus, Inc. has hired former engineer and in-house lawyer Jim Warren as the sustainable LED lighting company’s first general counsel, senior vice president, and corporate secretary.

Warren officially assumed his new role on Monday and will oversee areas including corporate governance, securities, intellectual property, and commercial transactions, according to a company statement.

Warren told Bloomberg Law that his new position was created to expand the Ohio-based company’s executive team as it explores and advances human-centric lighting, or how light affects people.

“The best, simplest way to think about it is it’s like night mode on your smartphone, how they say if you use less blue light at night, you sleep better. So it turns a little yellowish and warm,” Warren said.

The company is a frequent contractor with the U.S. Navy among other military and commercial clients. Energy Focus and the Navy signed a deal valued up to $4.8 million earlier in September.

“It is very exciting to have Jim join us at this inflection point of the company’s transformation into a global leader in sustainable and human-centric lighting,” Energy Focus chairman and CEO James Tu said in the statement.

Before beginning his legal career about a decade ago, Warren studied electrical engineering and worked for The Aerospace Corp. and Areté Associates as technical and research staff, respectively. He said his engineering background will “deeply” aid his work at Energy Focus.

“There’s a strong overlap between my engineering graduate work and the electrical engineering that goes into LED lighting, so it’s almost a return to my technical background,” Warren said.

Warren previously spent over a year as senior corporate counsel for GrafTech International, a graphite electrode producer. He has also worked as an attorney for FirstEnergy and Tucker Ellis.

Energy Focus was called Fiberstars before changing its name and going public in 2007.

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