New Appointments


KEMA, an energy consulting firm, has announced the appointment of Ronald J Chebra as a senior consultant in the company’s Operational Excellence practice. He will join the consulting team leading the growth in KEMA’s strategic metering services. Chebra is a committee chairman and trustee of the AMRA and a member of OpenAMI. He has over 30 years’ experience in wireless technology, marketing and product development.

The SPi Group Inc., a provider of standardised information technology solutions for energy markets with headquarters in Toronto, Canada, has announced that Gary Michor has stepped down as chief executive officer. On an interim basis, SPi’s Board of Directors has appointed Ven Seshadri as CEO. Seshadri has been the chief operating officer for the company since its inception in 2002.

Cellnet Technology, Inc., a provider of fixed network data communication systems for the utilities industry, has named Prasanna Venkatesan as vice president, product development and supply chain. He has over 20 years’ experience with Schlumberger Technology Corporation, most recently serving as general manager of multi-site manufacturing and product operations. He will lead Cellnet’s global quality programme, supplier and manufacturing relationships, and hardware product development.

Terasen Utility Services, a provider of metering measurement services to utilities in North America, has appointed Wayne Pratt as national account manager for the Central North American region. He will be responsible for sales development, project implementation support and key account management for both central US and Canadian opportunities.

Capgemini, a provider of consulting, technology and outsourcing services, has appointed Paul Halpin and Robert Kelley to its Utilities Outsourcing Practice. Halpin, who has worked in both North America and Europe, was previously with Aspen Technology; Kelley joins Capgemini from Total Resource Management. The two will oversee the implementation of Capgemini’s asset optimisation solution.

Capgemini has also announced the appointment of Jim Thomson to its Utility practice, to drive the company’s AMR solution development in North America. Thomson was previously with IBM and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

DAP Technologies, manufacturer of mobile meter reading solutions, has appointed Benoît Masson as director of marketing, and has promoted Brian Aldham to director of public utility sales. Masson was recently senior product manager at Exfo, a designer and manufacturer of fibre optic test, measurement and monitoring instruments. Aldham has over 25 years’ experience in the mobile service industry; he has been at DAP for three years.

DAP has also announced the appointment of Gerallt Jones as business development manager, United Kingdom division. He was previously strategic sales manager for CMC Mobile Computing Ltd.

Blue Heron Consulting Corp., a management consulting and technology services firm specialising in utility solutions, has promoted Nancy Evanowsky to vice president of operations. She was formerly the director of operations, and has had nearly 20 years of experience in the energy and customer management technology industries. She joined Blue Heron Consulting in 2000.

Silver Spring Networks, a specialist in standards-based IP networking products, has appointed Matt Oja as vice president of customer operations. Oja was previously a member of the senior management team at Idacomm, and before that at Progress Energy; he has over 25 years of experience in customer operations, strategic planning, and sales and marketing management.

Enermet, a supplier of energy metering and load management solutions with headquarters in Europe, has announced the appointment of Hans Alesund as managing director of Enermet AB, Sweden. He was previously with Technology Nexus AB. Andy Olsson, the present sales director of Enermet AB, will work together with Alesund until the end of the year, when he returns to Enermet in Australasia.

SmartSynch, a global provider of wireless smart metering technology for the energy industry, has named Rick Bernheim as executive vice president of operations and technology. Bernheim has almost three decades of experience in the wireless technology and telecommunications industries, most recently as vice president of engineering in the Microwave Communications Division at Harris Corporation.