Three senior hires bring demand-side management, analytics, regulatory, and grid modernization expertise
Today, Navigant announced three senior professionals have joined the company’s growing global Energy segment. Kathleen Gaffney, managing director; Jeffrey Richman, director; and Craig Sabine, director, lend demonstrated experience in energy efficiency, demand-side management, analytics, and grid modernization to the Firm. Together, they complement Navigant’s ability to provide clients with experience in handling large-scale engagements, analyzing markets, and providing strategic direction across a variety of key topics as the energy industry continues to experience change.
These professionals offer their expertise to Navigant’s expanding global markets, supporting clients across North America and throughout Europe and the Middle East.
“Navigant’s clients rely on our insights to make educated decisions that help them accelerate performance and avoid risk in times of uncertainty,” said Jan Vrins, managing director and Navigant Energy segment leader. “We are excited about the advisory services Kathleen brings to our growing presence in the Europe and Middle East region, we believe Jeff’s experience and forward-looking perspectives on grid modernization and data analytics will offer clients the insights they need to advance their businesses, and we value Craig for his holistic approach in supporting our energy clients in Canada.”
Kathleen Gaffney, managing director – London, United Kingdom
With more than two decades of experience managing large-scale, multi-year engagements and overseeing the work of large interdisciplinary teams, Gaffney plays an integral role in advising Navigant’s energy clients in Europe and the Middle East on demand-side policies, markets, and programs. Gaffney’s work centers on directing targeted market research that incorporates robust data analytics, customer segmentation, and behavior modeling to help Navigant’s clients better understand evolving customer expectations and strengthen their competitive position in a rapidly changing environment. Her work covers a range of demand-side initiatives, including energy efficiency, demand response, and distributed energy resources. Prior to joining Navigant, Gaffney led DNV GL’s European-focused practice on energy policy and program evaluation based in London. Gaffney fulfilled a similar assignment based in Sydney, Australia, and has also co-led DNV GL’s U.S.-based evaluation practice, a $30 million operation focused on energy policy and program evaluation for government and utility clients.
Jeffrey Richman, director – Miami, FL
As a member of Navigant’s Grid Modernization team, Richman provides strategic direction and hands-on implementation experience on intelligent data analytics. He extends the Firm’s capabilities in a variety of areas, ranging from advanced metering infrastructure, data analytics, customer service operations and systems, and revenue protection, to care center strategy, technology upgrades, and demand-side management. Richman has experience leading diverse organizations through tactical program development and implementation, as well as more than 30 years’ experience in planning and managing business and IT activities. Previously, Richman was a senior manager at Florida Power & Light Company, where he led the successful back-office transformation of the company’s $800 million smart meter implementation. Following that, he oversaw the implementation and subsequent transition to the operation of a smart meter/customer data solution for big and intelligent data analytics. Richman is an adjunct professor at Broward College’s School of Business, and he has also served as the vice chairman of the Silver Spring Networks user group and as an executive board member of the Utility Analytics Institute.
Craig Sabine, director – Toronto, Canada
A seasoned expert in the analysis of energy markets, Sabine’s work supports development decisions for new renewable energy and conventional fossil fuel-fired generation projects in Canada as the Firm works to expand its presence across the country. He brings specialized skills, including operations management and business process excellence to Navigant’s Canadian presence. Sabine is also an expert in climate change mitigation policy and its impact on the industry transformation and strategic corporate initiatives. He is a respected expert on integrated utility planning, operations, and innovation, and often testifies in support of his analyses before regulatory bodies and the courts. Sabine has also worked with energy sector clients on integrated resource management assignments, the optimization of business processes, and change management. Prior to Navigant, Sabine was employed by MNP, a chartered accountancy and business advisory firm, and he has also worked at ICF International and Environmental Canada.