Robert Wilhite is a 26-year veteran of the utility industry, with strategic, operational, and consulting experience. Through a combination of technical knowledge and business problem-solving skills, Mr. Wilhite has provided numerous client solutions in strategic planning, new business/market analysis, financial analysis, business modeling and process redesign, and program implementation.

In his prior industry roles, Mr. Wilhite developed expertise in utility operations, including distribution engineering, metering, energy efficiency, marketing, and customer services. Over the past several years, Mr. Wilhite has been responsible for developing and building various aspects of KEMA’s North American consulting practices under the smart grid and utility of the future initiatives and currently leads KEMA’s Management and Operations Consulting business line. In this capacity, Mr. Wilhite is directly responsible for achieving strategic growth, profitability, and operational performance objectives on a global basis.

He also serves on the Board of Directors of the GridWise Alliance, the Board of Directors of Utilimetrics, and was most recently chairman of the Implementation Work Group with the GridWise Alliance. Recently, Mr. Wilhite was invited to participate in a private listening and action session on the smart grid and energy, as part of President Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. He was also named as one of the Top 25 Consultants in the U.S. by Consulting Magazine in 2009.