Today, Navigant (NYSE: NCI) announces the addition of several seasoned professionals to join the Firm’s Energy practice as part of a newly formed Risk Management, Compliance and Security (RMCS) solution offering team. Brian Harrell and Chris Luras are joining recent additions Ed Dobrowolski and Matt Blizard to further expand the team’s expertise in risk management, compliance and security.
The addition of these four professionals will allow Navigant to deliver on the growing client need for risk mitigation services within the energy practice. Navigant’s new RMCS solution offering delivers experienced advice to clients across all critical energy infrastructure sectors. “We have assembled a strong team of experienced professionals under the leadership of Ken Lotterhos, Managing Director, with backgrounds in energy, federal government, homeland security and the military, to provide clients with an integrated approach to risk management and compliance, along with cyber and physical security,” said Jan Vrins, Navigant’s Global Lead for Energy.
The following senior professionals recently joined Navigant:
Matt Blizard, Folsom, CA
Blizard, a Director within Navigant’s energy practice, brings more than three decades of experience in security, law enforcement, operations and mission support activities. In addition to leading the North American Electric Reliability Corp.’s (NERC) Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) team with its significant advancements in Bulk Electric System (BES) CIP reliability and security efforts, he served 30 years of commissioned service with the U.S. Coast Guard, leading, managing, and serving multiple commands throughout his Coast Guard career. Blizard marshals this extensive experience to provide clients with guidance on critical infrastructure protection, electric system reliability and security, national and homeland security, and program and performance management.
Ed Dobrowolski, Washington DC
With more than 30 years of experience, Dobrowolski, a Director within Navigant, brings deep expertise in delivering risk management, compliance and security solutions. Prior to joining Navigant, Dobrowolski was a Standards Developer at NERC. Ed led experienced teams of industry subject matter experts whose work focused on strengthening the reliability of the Bulk Power System (BPS) through the creation of NERC reliability standards. Ed led the teams responsible for the definition of the BES, Transmission Planning (TPL), system restoration, backup facilities, and transmission operations (TOP/IRO). He was also involved in the development of Geomagnetic Disturbance (GMD) standards as well as the review of Emergency Preparedness and Operations (EOP) and Facilities Design, Connections, and Maintenance (FAC) standards.
Brian Harrell, Washington DC
With nearly two decades of experience, Harrell, a Director, has vast knowledge of the physical and cybersecurity threat space and critical infrastructure protection. Most recently, Harrell worked with the electricity sector as the Director of Operations of the NERC Electricity Sector Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ES-ISAC). Harrell provided the timely sharing of information pertaining to physical and cyber threats, vulnerabilities, incidents, and protective security measures and practices. Prior to coming to NERC, Harrell was the Critical Infrastructure Protection Manager at SERC Reliability Corporation.
Chris Luras, Folsom, CA
Prior to joining Navigant as an Associate Director, Luras created and developed the Compliance Risk Analysis and Enforcement teams at the Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC), where he led a team of regulatory professionals, cyber security professionals and electrical engineers focused on improving the reliability of Bulk Power Systems by working in collaboration with the electric utilities to solve reliability and compliance issues.
With over a century’s combined experience, Navigant’s RMCS solution offering team is well positioned to assist Energy clients facing emerging compliance and security challenges.