LED Lighting Provider Orion Energy Systems Names Seasoned Business Leader and Public Company Director Alan B. Howe to its Board

17 May 2019

MANITOWOC, Wis., May 17, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Orion Energy Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: OESX) (Orion Lighting), a provider of enterprise-grade LED lighting and energy project solutions, today announced the expansion of its Board of Directors with the appointment of Alan B. Howe.

Mr. Howe has over 30 years of extensive hands-on operational and board level experience combined with corporate finance, business development and corporate governance expertise. He is the founder and Managing Partner of Broadband Initiatives, LLC, a San Diego-based boutique corporate advisory firm that advises the boards and senior management of small and microcap companies. Mr. Howe puts particular emphasis on guidance and direction aimed at creating shareholder value, and as a result, he possesses a strong base of institutional investor relationships.

Mr. Howe has served on the Board of a diverse base of public companies as well as in a variety of senior management roles and has participated in the successful sale of many of these companies.  Certain past public company experience includes serving as Chairman of Ditech Networks (DITC) and JPS Industries (JPST); as Interim CEO and Director of Sunrise Telecom (SRTI); as a Director of MagicJack Vocaltec Ltd. (CALL), Cafepress (PRSS), Urban Communications (UBN.V), Aldila (ALDA) and Livewire Mobile (LVWR).

Mike Altschaefl, Orion’s CEO and Board Chair, commented, “Alan is an excellent addition to our Board. He brings a broad base of expertise and relevant experience in creating shareholder value in small and microcap companies. We believe his insights will prove very beneficial in guiding our strategy and plans for Orion’s future."

"Having recently demonstrated Orion’s unique capabilities and value proposition, including our ability to execute large-scale contracts, we are optimistic about the company's prospects. We look forward to working with Alan as we execute on our strategic vision and our business and operational goals in order to best serve Orion's stakeholders.”

Mr. Howe previously served as V.P. of Strategic Development at Covad Communications (a $500 million national telecommunications company) where he successfully helped identify, analyze and negotiate an acquisition that transformed it into the largest wireless fixed internet provider in the U.S. He served as CFO of Teletrac, Inc., where he raised $193 million to fund acquisition and growth opportunities and identified a strategic merger partner. He was also part of the original team at Sprint Corporation that started Sprint PCS.

Mr. Howe said, “I am grateful for the opportunity join Orion's Board at an exciting time in the company's transformation and return to growth. I look forward to working with the Board and management to advance business opportunities, financial performance and shareholder value."

About Orion Energy Systems
Orion is a provider of enterprise-grade LED lighting and energy project solutions. Orion manufactures and markets connected lighting systems encompassing LED solid-state lighting and smart controls. Orion systems incorporate patented design elements that deliver significant energy, efficiency, optical and thermal performance that drive financial, environmental, and work-space benefits for a wide variety of customers, including nearly 40% of the Fortune 500.

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Investor Relations Contacts   
Bill Hull, CFO  William Jones; Tanya Kamatu
Orion Energy Systems, Inc.  Catalyst IR
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