William Ellis has been named the managing director of Phillips Connect Technologies, a division of Phillips Industries that specializes in plug and play connectivity.

Prior to joining Phillips Industries, Ellis was a partner at Keystone Transportation Solutions, a transportation service provider to international commodity traders on the Inland Port of Virginia. He received his bachelor’s degree in government from Cornell University and an MBA in finance and accounting from Columbia. He also served in the United States Navy as a Lieutenant.

“In his new position, Bill will rely on his experience, his proven ability at cultivating and growing new relationships and his fit with Phillips philosophy of family values, hard work and listening to our customers,” said Rob Phillips, president and COO.

The Phillips Connect Technologies division’s open platform is designed to work with sensor-driven components from several suppliers. The sensor data can be transmitted to the driver, fleet operations team or OEMs using various telematics options.