Craig Watson is a senior manager in West Monroe Partners’ Energy & Utilities practice, responsible for designing and implementing large utility communication programs. He has more than 20 years of experience working with utilities, technology vendors, and providers to improve the reliability, availability, and security of all phases of critical infrastructure data and voice networks.
Craig Watson coordinates, leads, and manages teams for IT project consultations and assessments on large-scale network architectures, communication network design, and gap analysis reporting efforts for utility networks across the country. He has considerable hands-on experience providing network design architecture expertise and on-site field project support and engineering guidance for operations and optimization of IT infrastructure. Additionally, he has a strong understanding and working knowledge of the importance of security as it relates to the regulations and standards with which utilities must adhere.
Craig has developed significant experience pertaining to the evaluation and adoption of smart grid solutions and strategies through the use of wired and wireless IP backhaul and mesh network technologies, advanced metering infrastructures, network convergence methodologies, and IT integration technologies. His areas of expertise include TCP/IP networking, routing, Ethernet switching, VOIP, enterprise WAN networking, and data center networking, as well as enterprise wireless, network security, network transport, video networking, and network monitoring solutions.
Prior to joining West Monroe, Craig was a network services manager with Black & Veatch. He managed a team of technical engineers and architects who provided telecom master strategy, technology roadmaps, OEM vendor selection criteria, network and security architecture and design, and technical implementation across a wide array of vendors and solutions.
Previously, he was a Cisco design architect with Alexander Open Systems and an IT specialist with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration.
Craig attended the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.