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Bob Welch has joined Black & Veatch as vice president of the operational technologies and analytics practice for the company's management consulting business. Welch will lead the group's effort to expand services in smart grid and analytics for electric, natural gas and water utility clients.

"Our clients are asking us for more and more communications and automation services. The use of data management and analytics play a large role in addressing these needs," says John Chevrette, president of Black & Veatch's managing consulting business. "Bob adds deep knowledge and experience to a strong smart grid and analytics team that helps utilities with their use of real-time monitoring and diagnostics."

Welch joins the company with 20 years of utility industry experience. He most recently served as general manager of a global industry group where he advised clients on energy, chemicals and utility issues.



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