Rob Keil is EnerAllies co-founder, chief executive officer (CEO), and a member of the board since co-founding the company. He has a 20-year track record as a successful executive for technology companies serving in CEO, product-management, business-development and marketing roles.
Prior to EnerAllies, Rob was vice president of product management for Silver Spring Networks (now Itron), a leading Internet of Things (IoT) and smart grid supplier to utilities. Rob was responsible for network infrastructure and distribution automation of wireless routers, software-as-a-service (SaaS), and next-generation hardware product lines.
While an entrepreneur-in-residence at Foundation Capital in the fall of 2001, Rob incubated the idea for Hammerhead Systems, and became the networking equipment maker’s founding CEO in 2002. At Hammerhead, he served as CEO and vice president of marketing and business development, spearheading raising more than $50 million from venture capital firms Mayfield Fund and Foundation Capital. He led Hammerhead to secure major deals with Verizon Business, Fujitsu, Savvis and Covad.
Also, Rob served as the vice president of marketing for Zaffire, an optical networking start-up company. He joined Zaffire after three years with Cisco Systems as a senior group manager leading the product management for what grew to $1 billion product line. Earlier in his career, Rob led Internet product strategy for StrataCom and was an investment professional for Bain Capital.
He earned a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree in economics from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.