SOLON, Ohio, Sept. 1, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Energy Focus, Inc. (Nasdaq:EFOI), a leader in LED lighting technologies, today announced the addition of Lt. General Charles Davis (USAF Ret) to its Advisory Board. General Davis' knowledge and network within the U.S. Air Force will further support Energy Focus' strategies and plans to retrofit fluorescent and HID (high-intensity discharge) lighting fixtures with its industry leading tubular LED ("TLED") products in U.S. military bases worldwide, including more than 300 million square feet of building space for U.S. Air Force alone.

General Davis was the Military Deputy for the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition at the Pentagon. Additionally, he served as the Commander, Electronic Systems Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, MA and the Air Force Program Executive Officer for Command, Control, and Communications Infrastructure and Networks. His duties encompassed the acquisition of command and control and combat support information systems for the Air Force, managing more than $5 billion of purchases annually in support of the Air Force and joint and coalition forces.  

Currently General Davis is the COO for Seabury Global Aerospace and Defense LLC, a global aerospace consulting group.

"We are absolutely thrilled to have General Davis join us as the newest member of our Advisory Board," said James Tu, Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Energy Focus, Inc. "We believe that General Davis' long and distinguished career as a high-level leader in the Air Force, his expert insights in the military and federal supply chain operations, and his professional network within the DOD ecosystem will help guide us to penetrate not only the U.S. Air Force facilities globally, but also U.S. military and government buildings that together represent multi-billion dollar potential for Energy Focus TLEDs."

Eric Hilliard, President and Chief Operating Officer of Energy Focus, Inc. added, "The outstanding leadership acumen and network General Davis brings will sharpen our strategies and strengthen our positioning for fully capturing U.S. Air Force opportunities. In addition, with his guidance, we look forward to enhancing our current relationships with and expanding our reaches within the DOD, as we seek to further cement our footprint and strengthen our position in the emerging public-sector LED lighting market."

"I am very excited to have the opportunity to assist Energy Focus, a clear and impactful LED lighting leader within the government and commercial marketplace. With the leading advancement in LED lighting technology that Energy Focus has forged, and the successful and growing track record they've demonstrated within the U.S. Navy, I believe that the level of connection and collaboration I will help facilitate between the DOD constituencies and Energy Focus will further aid the company's success in the largely untapped federal space," said General Davis.

General Davis joins the Company's Advisory Board, which is currently comprised of five key business leaders, who, through their specific industry experiences, expertise and networks, advise the Company's management team in creating, refining, implementing and fine-tuning the Company's expansion strategy.

About Charles Davis

General Davis was commissioned in 1979 from the U.S. Air Force Academy as a distinguished graduate with a bachelor's degree in chemistry. His assignments include flying duties in the T-38, F-15, A-7, F-117A and F-16. He has also served on the Air Staff under the Director of Air Force Test and Evaluation. The general led divisions in both the F-16 and F-15 program offices, served as Director of the F-15 and Flight Training System Program Offices, and was the Joint Primary Aircraft Training (T-6A) System Program Director. The general commanded the 410th Flight Test Squadron, F-117A Combined Test Force and 412th Test Wing. He also served as Program Executive Officer for the F-35 Lightning II Program Office.

General Davis was the Commander, Electronic Systems Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass. and the Air Force Program Executive Officer for Command, Control, and Communications Infrastructure and Networks. His duties encompassed the acquisition of command and control and combat support information systems for the Air Force comprising more than 12,000 people located at six sites throughout the United States while managing more than $5 billion of purchases annually in support of the Air Force and joint and coalition forces.

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About Energy Focus

Energy Focus, Inc. is a leading provider of energy efficient LED lighting products and a developer of energy efficient lighting technology. Our LED Lighting products provide energy savings, aesthetics, safety and maintenance cost benefits over conventional lighting. Our long-standing relationship with the U.S. Government continues to enable us to provide energy efficient LED lighting products to the U.S. Navy and the Military Sealift Command fleets. Customers include national, state and local U.S. government agencies, as well as Fortune 500 companies and many other commercial and industrial clients. Company headquarters are located in Solon, Ohio with additional sales offices in Washington, D.C., and New York. For more information, see our web site at
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