Color Kinetics Incorporated announced the appointments of Philip O’Donnell as vice president, North American sales and Paul Kallmes as director of licensing. The important hires mark the continued expansion of the company’s worldwide sales organization, which has grown significantly in one year.

A highly regarded lighting industry veteran, O’Donnell will oversee Color Kinetics’ direct and channel sales for the company’s Lighting Systems business. He brings extensive lighting industry sales, business development, and management experience to the position, which will include responsibility for Color Kinetics’ domestic sales force and affiliates operating across many distribution channels. He previously spent 26 years at Strand Lighting, where he led the company as CEO for four years.

Kallmes will oversee the identification and development of licensing opportunities that extend the value of Color Kinetics’ intellectual property and expertise to third-party manufacturers. He most recently served as director of business development for Rockwell Scientific Licensing, where he was responsible for a broad range of technology development, licensing, and new business activities, including the assessment and characterization of value in IP portfolios.

"Color Kinetics’ prolific rate of product and technology development is one of our foremost differentiators, and we believe that a larger, strategically dispersed sales force will deliver incremental revenues, especially when armed with our latest RGB, IntelliWhite and OEM offerings," says Bill Sims, president and CEO, Color Kinetics. "Complemented by our strong network of manufacturer’s representatives, dealers and value added resellers, we can more readily meet global customer demand. We also welcome the new sales leadership of Phil O’Donnell in Lighting Systems and Paul Kallmes in Licensing, who bring valuable expertise to their respective roles."