F. Michael Valocchi

Managing Partner North America and Global Communications Sector, IBM Global Business Services

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Michael is currently the Managing Partner for the Communications Sector of IBM’s Global Business Services. In this role, he manages the strategy and execution of business and technology consulting services provided to Telecommunications, Media & Entertainment and Energy & Utility companies. He is responsible for the full profit and loss management of the group. Michael is a member of IBM’s Growth and Transformation Team, which includes the top 300 leaders from across the company and is a member of the IBM Industry Academy.

Previously, Michael was the Global Energy and Utilities Industry Leader for IBM Global Business Services. In that role, he was responsible for the development and execution of the industry strategy to delivery consulting services as well as the development and direction of the Industry thought leadership and solutions strategy

Michael has over 30 years experience serving clients, has proven leadership skills and expertise in financial, strategic, operational and regulatory issues, and has directed, managed and delivered solutions to complex business problems and issues. Michael is an accomplished business strategist with deep experience in leading complex client projects in the areas of financial, operational and regulatory strategy with specific expertise in smart grid strategy, policy and regulatory strategy and large scale technology implementation. He successfully delivered projects in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, trading and risk management, cost control, financial re-engineering, asset strategy, regulatory strategies and market entry studies. Michael has in-depth financial and accounting experience in areas of mergers and acquisitions, financial reporting, control structures, cost allocation and rate structures.

He is recognized for deep industry knowledge, being responsible for the development of industry point of views and various thought leadership pieces. He has been a thought leader in the area of consumer empowerment and business model transformation and has authored the following papers in the last 3 years: Switching Perspectives: Creating New Business Models for a Changing World of Energy, Lighting the Way: Understanding the Smart Energy Consumer, Plugging in the Consumer and a CEO Survey Perspective.

Michael was recognized as one of Consulting Magazine’s Top 25 consultants for Excellence in Energy. Greentech ranked Michael on The Networked Grid 100 list, a compiling of the top 100 “Movers and Shakers” of the Smart Grid. Michael is a frequent speaker at industry events around the world and is regularly quoted in major publications, including The Wall Street Journal, NY Times, Fortune, USA Today, Public Utilities Fortnightly, Electric Light & Power, LP, Platts and The Financial Times. He has also appeared in numerous television programs including CNBC and satellite media channels discussing Smarter Energy and Smarter Cities topics. Michael serves on The Energy and Utilities Project Executive Board for Kyoto Publishing and the Interconnectivity Committee and the Patrons Committee of the World Energy Council.

Michael holds a BS in Accounting from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA and is a Certified Public Accountant. He is on the Board of Directors of the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania.