Davies Consulting adds cybersecurity, risk management, utility consultants

Davies Consulting LLC recently added three consultants to its team, deepening the firm’s expertise in key areas and enhancing its offerings for electric and gas utilities, the firm announced.

New team members are John Alford, Ramsay Sawaya and Colin Shay.

Alford joins the Davies Consulting team with federal cybersecurity experience. He brings more than a decade of experience in strategic planning, program management and policy analysis in the homeland security and defense industries. Alford has a Master of Public Service & Administration from Texas A&M University and a Bachelor of Arts from East Texas Baptist University. He has led cybersecurity capability assessments and enhancement efforts for large government and private sector organizations.

Sawaya recently completed 24 years of service with Xcel Energy, the past seven years of which he was director of risk analytics. His utility experience adds depth to the firm’s risk management team. In two dozen years as a gas and electric utility engineer and executive, Sawaya provided strategic leadership, modeling to identify and mitigate operational and financial risks, and risk prioritization to support effective decision-making. He has served on the engineering department faculties of the University of Nebraska and South Dakota State University and has been a frequent presenter at utility risk management forums. Sawaya has a Master of Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech and an MBA from Regis University.

Colin Shay comes to Davies Consulting from the gas utility industry, most recently having worked as director of sustainability and business development for Washington Gas, one of the nation’s fastest-growing natural gas utilities. Shay has extensive experience developing effective energy-cost analyses and multichannel communications initiatives, consensus-building and implementing new management systems and processes. He conducted policy analyses and implemented solutions to address technical and financial challenges. Shay has a Master of Arts in Economics from Virginia Tech and a Bachelor of Sciences in Mineral Economics from Penn State. He is Six Sigma trained and has served as an expert regulatory witness.

Davies Consulting’s integrated offerings address utility risk, asset and emergency management across commodities and business units.

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