Jim McClanahan


Jim McClanahan is a senior principal in West Monroe Partners’ Energy & Utilities practice. He has more than 25 years of experience planning and delivering innovative strategies and solutions for utilities that apply leading technologies to drive business goals.


Jim McClanahan possesses extensive business and technology experience in the electric utility industry, the telecom industry, and the strategic overlap between them. His areas of expertise include smart grid, power quality, and SCADA, as well as telecom disciplines such as data networking, PtP and PtMP wireless, and FTTx. He combines this technology acumen with years of practical business experience to assist clients with developing business, operational, and sales and marketing plans, as well as introducing start-up capabilities.

Jim joined West Monroe Partners from S&C Electric, where he most recently was director of smart grid projects. In this capacity, he was responsible for planning, designing, installing, commissioning, and supporting complex smart grid solutions—typically working on hundreds of projects of various sizes each month. Previously, he was the company’s director of product support and field services.

Before joining S&C Electric, Jim was a regional sales manager for Motorola, responsible for the reseller channel for wireless broadband B2B and B2G sales. His customers included utilities and state and local governments across five states. Other past roles have included director of systems engineering for Riverstone Networks (now part of Alcatel-Lucent); several director roles with Nortel Networks; senior vice president for Provision Information Services; and various planning and management roles with Central and Southwest (now part of American Electric Power). He began his career as a project engineer and manager for SCADA, PLC and other power plant automation upgrades at three hydroelectric generation facilities for the US Army Corps of Engineers.

Jim is an active member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and its Power& Energy Society (PES). He has conducted media briefings and training related to smart grid and other topics for the PES. In addition, he speaks regularly at professional conferences and trade shows.

He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tulsa and a Master of Business Administration degree from Oklahoma State University.