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Guidehouse Appoints Taco de Vries, Scott Grafelman, Macky McCleary as Directors of ES&I; Jan Vrins Quoted

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Guidehouse has appointed three Taco de Vries, Scott Grafelman and Macky McCleary as directors to help lead the company’s Energy, Sustainability, and Infrastructure (ES&I) segment, Guidehouse reported on Tuesday.

“Taco, Scott, and Macky are experts in helping clients navigate complex strategic, regulatory, and operational matters to enable transformation through innovation and technology,” says Jan Vrins, leader of Guidehouse’s global ES&I segment. “I am confident they will succeed in helping our clients tackle their biggest challenges as the energy transformation continues to present new opportunities.”

De Vries, Grafelman and McCleary will work to increase shareholder and customer value, drive resiliency and foster innovation and transformation for energy providers and clients in cross-cutting industries.

De Vries will bring more than 25 years of experience in driving profitable growth for customers in challenging and competitive markets, and is an expert in establishing and executing smarter energy strategies. 

He is also experienced in driving large-scale and first-of-a-kind business and technology transformations, with a primary focus on network, asset and customer service transformation for energy and utility companies. 

In addition, De Vries has expertise in renewable energy, grid modernization, strategic planning, load forecasting, microgrids, virtual power plants and IT/OT. Prior to joining Guidehouse, de Vries worked at a utility-focused software firm, where he expanded capabilities in distribution grid analytics and distribution network load forecasting.

With Guidehouse, Grafelman supports utilities in the development and implementation of grid modernization strategies and business process improvements to transform the division and enable a reliable, resilient and intelligent distribution grid of the future. 

He has over 30 years of experience in the electric utility industry. Grafelman has led engagements on process improvement, change management and strategic planning related to distribution grid operations. 

He has a deep knowledge of electric distribution operations and engineering related to outage management systems and advanced distribution management systems. Prior to joining Guidehouse, Grafelman provided smart grid energy and technology consulting services. 

McCleary has driven innovation for clients in the converging industry sectors of energy, finance, telecom, government, infrastructure and transportation throughout his career. He brings expertise in strategy, innovation, operations, branding, consumer and behavioral insights and business development. 

Prior to joining Guidehouse, McCleary was a consultant at another large firm. Additionally, McCleary supervised a state division of public utilities and carriers, where he led grid modernization and advanced wireless/5G strategies. 

He has also led regulatory agencies in the insurance, banking, gaming, and environment industries, and consulted in the areas of corporate and commercial strategy, environment, and public policy. He was co-founder, president, and COO of a solar power company, where he remains a senior advisor.

“We are excited to be at the forefront of this global transformation with our clients and continue to build out a world-class team to support our mission,” Vrins said.

About Guidehouse

Guidehouse is a leading global provider of consulting services to the public and commercial markets with broad capabilities in management, technology, and risk consulting. We help clients address their toughest challenges with a focus on markets and clients facing transformational change, technology-driven innovation and significant regulatory pressure. 

Across a range of advisory, consulting, outsourcing, and technology/analytics services, we help clients create scalable, innovative solutions that prepare them for future growth and success. Headquartered in Washington DC, the company has more than 7,000 professionals in more than 50 locations. Guidehouse is led by seasoned professionals with proven and diverse expertise in traditional and emerging technologies, markets and agenda-setting issues driving national and global economies.