Utility industry expert Hugo van Nispen joins KEMA management consulting

BURLINGTON, Mass., Nov. 12, 2003 — Hugo K. van Nispen joined international energy and utility consulting firm KEMA as a vice president of management consulting services.

KEMA continues to strengthen its unparalleled ability to integrate its deep technical capabilities with its strong utility and energy management expertise and to strengthen its position as a provider of strategic solutions for energy industry operational, IT and business needs. As part of this strategy, van Nispen’s focus is on developing strategies, reducing costs and optimizing operations for KEMA clients.

“Our core mission is to assist our clients in maximizing the return on their investments in terms of operations, maintenance, customer satisfaction and the bottom line,” said Kelly Warner, president of KEMA Inc. “We assist clients to more fully leverage the value of their generation, transmission and distribution assets, helping them deliver improved performance and value to their stakeholders.”

One of KEMA’s core strengths is its asset management service offering, which leverages the firm’s 75 years in the utility industry in providing both technical and financial analysis of infrastructure assets. Asset management is an emerging practice in the utility industry that involves obtaining the knowledge needed to align tradeoffs among financial performance, operational performance, and risk exposure with customer and regulatory performance expectations.

Warner continued, “Compared to companies such as Accenture, Navigant, Boston Consulting Group, Mercer and Booz Allen, our capabilities and expertise is grounded in both the technical and the business operations of the industry – ‘from the control room to the board room’. Hugo van Nispen brings a wealth of experience and expertise to our team that helps us to further leverage the full range of our capabilities for the energy and utility market.”

With two decades of management consulting experience, mostly centered on serving utility clients, van Nispen brings to the team strategy, information technology and utility business operations experience. Most recently, he has focused his attention on business process reengineering, business strategy development and implementation and operational issues across the utility value chain.

Regarding his new position with KEMA, van Nispen stated, “In joining KEMA, I have the opportunity to leverage my knowledge of utility business issues with proven operational capabilities to expand the universe of solutions available to clients – everything from improving operational efficiency and reliability to developing asset-centric global market strategies for my valued clients.”

Prior to joining KEMA, van Nispen was an Associate Partner with Accenture, where he successfully worked on domestic and international assignments related to business and IT strategy and operational effectiveness. He also was a Partner and Vice President with Computer Science Corporation’s utility industry practice where he worked extensively on business strategy and reengineering engagements. van Nispen earned an MBA, with distinction, in Finance and Operations from the University of Michigan and a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame.

About KEMA

KEMA is an independent company with an international reputation for executive level management consulting, technical consultancy, testing, inspections and certification for utilities and other businesses in the energy industry, assisting more than 500 clients in more than 70 countries.

Headquartered in Arnhem, the Netherlands with subsidiaries and offices worldwide, KEMA employs more than 1,500 full-time professionals and leading experts in many facets of the energy utility industry. Founded in 1927, KEMA serves the complete spectrum of participants in the energy marketplace and offers a full complement of services supporting strategy development and implementation, business optimization and operations from generation and transmission through the consumer side of the meter. KEMA’s North American business operations are headquartered in Burlington, Massachusetts.


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