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Robert Wilhite

Managing Director


Charlotte, North Carolina +1.704.347.7735
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In his role as a Managing Director in Navigant's Energy practice, Rob leads the global utilities client segment and serves on the Energy practice leadership team. He also supports the firm's growth with a focus on senior client relationships, engagement delivery, and industry thought leadership. Since starting his career 34 years ago, Rob has worked exclusively in the energy industry and brings a unique combination of technical knowledge and business strategy experience.

On a global basis, Rob has often advised energy clients in achieving increased efficiency in strategic and master planning, operational effectiveness, grid automation, and technology strategy and implementation. He also supports utility strategies seeking new revenue growth and business expansion. In addition to utilities, Rob has also developed growth and market entry strategies for competitive retail energy firms, equipment suppliers, private equity firms, government agencies and municipalities, and industry policy groups.

Rob began his career with an 11-year stint at Florida Power & Light (FPL), where he managed State-wide energy efficiency programs and developed technical expertise in planning, designing, and overseeing construction of electric distribution facilities. Following FPL, Rob worked for the Electric Power Research Institute and then with Accenture. More recently, Rob applied the past 12 years of his career with KEMA (now DNV GL), where he was responsible for achieving growth, profitability, and operational performance objectives as managing director for the Americas, and as global director for all management and operations consulting. He developed KEMA’s grid modernization advisory unit, overseeing expansion into one of the more successful practices within KEMA, but also positioned the firm as a respected market leader in this domain. He also co-authored KEMA’s first book, Utility of the Future: Directions for Enhancing Sustainability, Reliability and Profitability.

Rob serves as a board director and executive committee member for GridWise Alliance, and is co-chair of the technology & innovation pillar for Dentons Smart Cities & Community Think Tank.

Rob was recognized as one of the top 25 consultants in the U.S. by Consulting Magazine in 2009. He has also been cited as one of the Networked Grid 100 Movers and Shakers of the Smart Grid by Greentech Media in 2012, as well as participated in President Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness in 2011.

MBA & Finance, Florida International University
B.S., Computer Science, Georgia Institute of Technology
Membership and Activity Information
Certified Energy Manager
Association of Energy Engineers, President, South Florida Chapter
Energy Advisory Board, City of North Miami
Kiwanis Club of North Miami, President
Utilimetrics Education Committee, Chairman
Utilimetrics, Board Director
U.S. Department of Energy, Smart Grid Information Clearinghouse Advisor
GridWise Alliance Implementation Work Group, Chairman and Founder
GridWise Alliance, Board Director
Global Smart Grid Federation, Board Director and Officer (Secretary-Treasurer)

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