In his role as a managing director in Navigant's Energy practice, Rob Wilhite directs global business strategy, policy, and regulatory advisory activities 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 nearly 32 years ago, Wilhite has worked exclusively in the energy industry and brings a unique combination of technical knowledge and business strategy experience.
On a global basis, Wilhite has often advised energy clients in achieving increased efficiency in utility operations, grid automation, and technology strategy and implementation. He also supports utility strategies seeking new revenue growth and business expansion. In addition to utilities, Wilhite has also developed growth and market entry strategies for competitive retail energy firms, equipment suppliers, private equity firms, and industry policy groups.
Wilhite began his career with an 11-year stint at Florida Power & Light (FPL), where he managed statewide energy efficiency programs and developed technical expertise in planning, designing, and overseeing construction of electric distribution facilities. Following FPL, he worked for the Electric Power Research Institute and then with Accenture. More recently, Wilhite 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.
Wilhite 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.