Chuck Goodnight joins Arthur D. Little as head of US nuclear energy

22 February 2021 3 min. read
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Chuck Goodnight has joined management consultancy Arthur D. Little (ADL) as a partner in its energy & utilities practice and head of the nuclear energy team in the US.

Goodnight brings 35 years of professional experience, with a focus on advising clients in energy and utilities. He has deep expertise helping public and private sector organizations boost efficiency, reduce costs, and increase profits in electric utilities. Goodnight has worked with organizations throughout North America, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.

Since 2001, he has served as founder and president of Goodnight Consulting, a boutique management consultancy based in Ashburn, VA. The firm originally focused on electric power, then expanded into the international nuclear industry, and then the broader energy and utilities sector. The consultancy, which had approximately 10 employees, offered services in organizational development and culture, shift operations staffing approaches, HR application optimization, decommissioning planning and support, and generation fleet recovery support.

Prior to founding his consulting firm, Goodnight was a senior manager at BDM Federal Systems and a vice president at Orion Research, Inc., where he spent 11 years. He holds a master’s degree in computer systems management and a bachelor’s degree in government and politics from the University of Maryland, and is a member of the American Nuclear Society.

Chuck Goodnight joins Arthur D. Little as a head of US nuclear energy

“Chuck joins ADL at an exciting time of growth for the company and innovation in the energy and utilities industry,” said Craig Wylie, managing partner of Arthur D. Little's US operations. “He also brings his network of external advisors to his role at ADL, which aligns perfectly with our open consulting model. Chuck’s extensive experience in nuclear energy generation, his great leadership, and his entrepreneurial spirit combine to create a great addition to the firm.”

The Brussels-based firm is working to grow its presence in the US, where it has offices in Boston, Houston, and San Francisco, as well as project offices in New York and Southern California. The company plans to double its US headcount in 2021, and further double in 2022/2023.

Goodnight’s hiring follows ADL’s recent addition of Jim Miller, who joined as head of the travel & transportation practice in the US.

“For today’s leaders, energy continues to be at the top of the agenda. The US energy market is one of the largest markets in the world and has multiple challenges arising from the energy transition, the evolution of decentralized energy systems, and the convergence of storage and infrastructure advances,” Goodnight said. “I believe that with my niche industry experience, I will be able to bolster ADL’s offerings as we work towards a common goal of creating innovative and practical solutions for our clients.”

ADL’s 1,000 professionals deliver consulting services in strategy, operations, finance, digital transformation, technology, and risk, among other areas. The firm serves clients in a wide range of industries across Europe, the Americas, the Middle East, and Asia.