Four industry figures join Navigant’s global energy practice

Published on: November 10, 2017 8:51 amBy: Jade Beevor


Navigant announced on November 7 that Mike Bianco, Jan-Willem Bode, Chip Wood, Bertil Heerink had joined the company’s global energy practice.

Bianco has 26 years’ experience in information and operational technology solutions engineering, program management, and systems integration. He was previously vice president of Bridge Energy Group’s grid operations practice.

Navigant says: “He will lead utility clients in developing solutions to deliver a distributed, and more sustainable power grid. This includes supporting the development and delivery of large-scale, transformational programs for utility grid modernization, distributed energy resources, and renewables.

Jan-Willem Bode becomes a director based in London. Bode will work on markets in Europe and the Middle East and head the region’s strategy and technology team.

Bode previously worked for Ecofys, a Navigant company. He also was the co-founder and CEO of Mongoose Energy, a community energy company in the UK that financed more than £100 million ($129 million) of community-owned renewable assets. He is a former investment banker with SocGen.

Chip Wood becomes a director based in Charlotte, North Carolina. He has spent over 30 with Duke Energy, most recently as vice president, business development for its renewables business.

Bertil Heerink becomes a director based in Brussels and Utrecht in the Benelux. He previously worked for the Dutch government’s environment ministry as head of European Union affairs, and as a counsellor of embassy in the permanent representation to the EU. He was also a member of the European Commission’s climate change negotiating team, responsible for the political contacts with the US and Japan.

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