Vu1 Corporation Names Bill Hamlin Interim President & Chief Operating Officer
NEW YORK, July 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Vu1 Corporation (OTCBB: VUOC), a developer and manufacturer of mercury-free, energy-efficient, general illumination lighting technology, today announced that Bill Hamlin, who became a Director of Vu1 in 2010, has been named interim President and Chief Operating Officer, effective immediately and for a minimum of twelve months.
Mr. Hamlin, who is a former The Home Depot Group President, will leverage his ‘Big Box’ retail channel experience and work closely with Dr. Scott C. Blackstone, Vu1′s Chief Executive Officer, to develop and manage the Company’s sales and marketing infrastructure. Mr. Hamlin assumes this executive management role as the Company continues to build inventory to meet potential channel partners’ launch needs for its Electron Stimulated Luminescence(TM) (ESL), light bulbs. Vu1′s ESL lighting technology uses accelerated electrons to stimulate phosphor to create light, making the surface of the mercury-free bulb glow, providing natural light quality, energy efficiency, and a long bulb life of 11,000 hours.
“Vu1 is excited to have Bill Hamlin take on an active day-to-day operational role,” commented William B. Smith, Vu1′s Chairman. “With Scott fully focused on driving operational excellence in Vu1′s development and manufacturing, Bill will ensure Vu1 has the appropriate sales, marketing and distribution resources to facilitate continuing development of Vu1′s channel partner network and timely delivery of our ESL bulbs to meet channel partners’ expected launch needs.”
“When I joined Vu1′s Board in 2010 I indicated that the potential for Vu1′s ESL lighting technology surpassed anything I’d seen before; my experience at Vu1 and the industry feedback we’ve received to date has confirmed that initial belief. Vu1′s ESL technology addresses an immediate and rapidly-growing consumer need and desire for an affordable, clean, energy efficient light bulb that produces superior light quality,” commented Bill Hamlin, interim President and Chief Operating Officer. “My priority for the foreseeable future is to help Scott prepare for and to facilitate the company’s future growth as consumer demand builds for Vu1′s ESL lighting technology.”
Mr. Hamlin is a former Executive VP of Merchandising & Marketing and Group President of The Home Depot, Inc. During his tenure at The Home Depot, his influence in Strategic Planning, Marketing & Advertising, Distribution, Logistics and Worldwide Sourcing is acknowledged to have helped shape The Home Depot into the retail giant it is today. Mr. Hamlin founded The PGA Tour Superstore, which comprises ten ‘Big Box’ concept stores of more than 60,000 square feet of golfing merchandise and an annual sales volume of over $100 Million. Mr. Hamlin is also the President of the Board of Trustees for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Georgia Chapter.
About Vu1 Corporation
New York City-based Vu1 Corporation is dedicated to applying its technology to produce energy efficient, environmentally friendly lighting solutions worldwide. Vu1 has developed a new energy efficient light bulb to provide the consumer market with the first affordable, non-toxic light bulb with features consumers are demanding and not receiving from existing products. Learn more about Vu1 at www.Vu1.com. For the latest news, find Vu1 on Facebook and follow us on Twitter
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