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Ellen Smith

Ellen S. Smith, P.E.

  • Senior Managing Director
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Ellen S. Smith, P.E. is a Senior Managing Director at FTI Consulting, based in the Boston office. She works within the Economic Consulting segment, specializing in business advisory and litigation support services.  Ms. Smith’s areas of expertise include matters involved in power reliability related damages, utility regulatory strategy, emergency response and strategic communications. She is currently providing advisory services with respect to all aspects of utility operations for a client who is going through restructuring.

Prior to joining FTI Consulting, Ms. Smith was the Chief Operations Officer and Executive Vice-President at National Grid, in Waltham, Massachusetts.  Reporting to the President, and as a member of the US Executive team, Ms. Smith improved safety and reliability of all gas, electric, generation and LNG operations.  Ms. Smith completed significant restructuring initiatives including integrating Electric Distribution and Transmission and subsequently integrating gas operations with electric operations.

Ms. Smith also was instrumental in launching end to end process teams focused on working across organizational silos and keeping customers at the forefront. She also chaired the Strategic Response Team and Incident Commander in system-wide emergencies, and was the senior authorized person for NERC/CIP Compliance.  While at National Grid, Ms. Smith also worked with Labor Relations to develop labor strategies.

Before National Grid, Ms. Smith was Vice President of Refining Optimization and Planning at Hess Corporation in Woodbridge, NJ. During Ms. Smith’s tenure she completed a “cold eyes” review project of the HOVENSA Joint Venture Refinery (500,000 Bbls/day) on St. Croix, USVI.  The project outcomes included a refinery wide performance review including a focus on energy management, and included restructuring the Power and Utilities team to better support the overall refinery operations.  Ms. Smith also served as the in-house gas turbine subject matter expert during the construction of a new 50 MW Nuovo Pignone/GE Frame 5 power plant.  Ms. Smith also served as President of Hess Microgen, LLC providing cogeneration solutions to small industrial and commercial clients.

Ms. Smith also served as President of Pratt & Whitney Power Systems for 3 years and completed the development of the upgraded FT 8+ aero derivative power package.

From 1980 to 1999, Ms. Smith worked at GE Energy and held a number of positions of increasing responsibility beginning with various roles on large turnkey gas, steam and combined cycle power plant and substation projects in the US and in Egypt under US AID contracts. Ms. Smith was also the General Manager of GE Operations & Maintenance providing 3rd party services to asset managers/owners of GE power plants.  Before leaving GE, Ms. Smith led the GE Energy 6 Sigma program for 3 years prior to being named to Vice President of Energy Services Sales.

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