Recent hires bring decades of combined industry experience to the utility sector
Today, Navigant (NYSE: NCI) announced the addition of five strategic hires to bolster the strength of the Firm’s expanding energy practice. With decades of combined industry experience, these professionals bring deep expertise, insight, and experience in a broad areas, including transmission planning, system operations, grid modernization, utility strategy and regulation, customer engagement, and technology advisory, adding additional value to the services Navigant offers clients. Those who have recently joined the practice include Don Morrow, Managing Director; David O’Brien, Director; Al Galiunas, Director; K.P. Reddy, Director; and Karen Ehrhardt-Martinez, Associate Director.
“Given the significant market, technology and regulatory changes impacting the energy industry, assisting our clients with their toughest challenges requires diverse skills and experience,” said Jan Vrins, Managing Director and Energy practice leader for Navigant. “This group of talented and well-regarded individuals continues to expand the breadth and depth of our practice in delivering multi-disciplinary solutions to our clients.”
Don Morrow, Managing Director
Don Morrow will lead the Firm’s Transmission Planning and Operations service offerings. He has more than 33 years of experience in the energy industry, with extensive experience working directly for utilities in system operations and planning, including building a transmission consulting practice and cultivating a compliance consulting services team for a leading power reliability corporation. Morrow has held senior positions at Madison Gas and Electric Company, American Transmission Company, and Quanta Technology. Morrow has published several industry articles and is a frequent speaker at industry seminars and conferences.
David O’Brien, Director
David O’Brien provides leadership to the Strategy and Operations group. O’Brien, who focuses on utility-of-the-future-oriented service offerings, is a well-known industry reform expert and brings more than 12 years of experience to Navigant as a former state regulator and utility consultant. Previously, O’Brien was Vice President of Grid Transformation at BRIDGE Energy Group, where he focused on structural changes in the electric utility industry. He has experience leading the development of a technical framework for the Distributed System Platform (DSP) within the Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) process. O’Brien, who got his start in the energy field as Vermont Commissioner of Public Service, has also engaged in multiple state policy investigations regarding grid modernization and has authored performance-based ratemaking framework that was influential in the Massachusetts Grid Modernization order (12-76).
Al Galiunas, Director
Al Galiunas supports Navigant’s technology advisory and grid modernization service offerings, specifically focused on complex IT/OT convergence. Galiunas has held senior positions at Ernst & Young, KEMA Consulting, and Arthur Andersen. He has experience with grid management-related initiatives that help address continued challenges to the CIO agenda by delivering IT transformations, technology enablement, and major program implementations. He was one of the leads involved in ERCOT’s benefits cost study evaluating the impacts to systems and processes, and was involved in the rollout of retail deregulation for the Texas market. With more than 20 years of experience in the energy industry, Galiunas has successfully applied value-based approaches for integrating technologies, applications, processes, and people, between IT and OT, within commercial, market, and customer service operations.
K.P. Reddy, Director
K. P. Reddy supports Navigant’s technology advisory and grid modernization service offerings. Reddy, who has worked with electric, gas, and water utilities across the United States and abroad, brings expertise in utility transmission and distribution, with a focus on mobile field force optimization, customer information systems, and work/asset management. With 33 years of industry experience, Reddy worked with business and IT executives in developing strategic technology plans, supporting clients in execution, and acting as a trusted advisor. Reddy spent 15 years working at Southern Company, focused on customer service, billing and telecommunications. Prior to joining Navigant, Reddy spent four years as a Director in PwC’s Utility practice, and two and a half years as a Principal at NorthHighland Consulting. Reddy has been published in PowerGrid International and has spoken at industry conferences.
Karen Ehrhardt-Martinez, Associate Director
Karen Ehrhardt-Martinez is an Associate Director with Navigant’s energy practice and a nationally recognized sociologist and behavior expert. As an experienced social science professional, Ehrhardt-Martinez focuses on ways to integrate social and behavioral science insights into Navigant’s service offerings, particularly through exploring the human dimensions of customer engagement, energy efficiency and conservation, and climate change. Prior to joining Navigant, Ehrhardt-Martinez worked on customer engagement and residential feedback programs, program design, implementation and evaluation, energy savings potential modelling, policy research, and new product development. She is the former director of the Climate, Mind, and Behavior Program at the Garrison Institute and responsible for re-establishing the social and behavioral research program at ACEEE. Ehrhardt-Martinez is currently serving as a Scholar-in-Residence for the Department of Sociology at the University of Colorado Boulder.