Industry analyst Rick Nicholson has joined industrial enterprise software provider Ventyx as vice president of transmission and distribution (T&D) solutions.

In this role, Nicholson is responsible for leading Ventyx's T&D industry and solutions strategy, including building a vision around the future requirements of the global smart grid market.

“Over the past 25 years, I've covered and provided counsel to most of the top energy and utility industry participants and vendors,” said Nicholson. “As a leading provider of T&D software solutions, Ventyx is a key driving force behind the shift toward modern, more efficient energy grids.”

Nicholson was previously group vice president at IDC Energy Insights, with responsibility for a team that provided analysis and strategic advice to a broad spectrum of utilities, oil and gas companies, government agencies, financial institutions and technology vendors across more than 110 countries.

Ventyx, part of the ABB group, anticipates that Nicholson's extensive understanding of market dynamics will help the company to identify the future requirements of utilities, and create a solutions roadmap based around emerging customer needs.