EnteGreat Names John Billings as New CEO
BIRMINGHAM, Ala., March 30 /PRNewswire/ — EnteGreat, a leader in manufacturing business technology system integration consulting services, today named John Billings as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Billings joins the company from Plex Systems, the leader in Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) ERP for manufacturing, where he was responsible for expanding the company’s market presence beyond its core automotive segment and into the life sciences and food and beverage industries. At EnteGreat he will boost the company’s activities in core sectors that include food and consumer packaged goods, beverages, life sciences and mill products. He will also extend its service solutions into the high-growth niche of optimizing energy efficiency at the process level in complex manufacturing environments. Billings replaces interim CEO Philip Hodges, who also serves on the company’s Board of Directors.
Commenting on the new hire, Hodges said, “John brings an exceptional skill-set to EnteGreat at an important time for the company. Now more than ever, manufacturing companies are seeking innovative ways to improve productivity and remain globally competitive. They’re partnering with skilled experts like EnteGreat to unlock the efficiency potential and ROI value across the full spectrum of their manufacturing environments and supplier ecosystem. Not surprisingly, with manufacturing cost pressures intensifying due to global competition, demand for EnteGreat’s solutions has increased, as more and more customers leverage our specialized knowledge and technical expertise to improve their competitiveness on multiple fronts. These include: cost reduction, quality, innovation and speed–key areas that help them outperform the competition. John joins at a time of positive momentum. We’re very pleased to welcome him on board.”
“I’m delighted to join EnteGreat,” said Billings. “The company has a reputation for service excellence and solid execution in a highly competitive arena. They have maintained a robust market position with solutions that are more compelling than ever for companies competing in today’s global manufacturing marketplace. I’m excited by the opportunity to grow the company further and extend its value-based services into new areas.”
Billings is a seasoned sales and business development executive with a career that spans a mix of Fortune 500 and smaller privately-owned companies. Before Plex, he spent three years at IBM as a Global Solutions Executive. There he drove IBM’s On-demand Operating Environment solution where he defined the solution components, charted the go-to-market strategy, established key alliances, and shaped the sales and services execution model.
Billings began his career in 1988 at Rockwell Automation, where he served in a series of increasingly responsible positions. His last role there was General Manager, where he created and ran the company’s professional services business of integration management for automation and MES.
He holds a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Detroit Mercy in Michigan.
EnteGreat is one of the world’s foremost systems integrators and works collaboratively with leading companies on every aspect of information technology (IT) systems projects and programs. It helps global manufacturing companies succeed by giving them the tools and knowledge they need to bring about solid, substantial and sustained improvements. Headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, EnteGreat has personnel and project offices throughout North America.