Robert Wilhite, who leads Kema’s global Intelligent Networks and Communications practice, has been named as one of Consulting Magazine’s top 25 consultants for 2009.
 
The publication notes that under Wilhite’s leadership, Kema has grown to become a significant player in the marketplace, helping clients by developing and delivering comprehensive solutions to achieve smart grids and AMI deployments worldwide. Essentially starting the company’s smart grid practice from scratch four years ago “in only a short time, Wilhite has positioned Kema to be competitive with much larger and more established consulting practices in the area.”

Wilhite also is one of the primary authors of Kema’s Utility of the Future book.

“The smart grid and advanced metering are emerging as enablers—and primary drivers—of significant change for our energy and utility clients,” says Hugo van Nispen, president and managing director of Kema operations in the Americas. “Rob exemplifies Kema’s dedication to clients as a technical advisor and solutions partner.”

Based in North Carolina, Wilhite joined Kema in 2004 as an executive consultant in the management consulting practice. He established the North American AMI practice in 2005 and by 2008 was promoted to senior vice president and global lead for the Intelligent Networks and Communications practice. He holds an MBA in business administration and finance from Florida International University and a B.S. in computer science from the Georgia Institute of Technology.