NERA Economic Consulting Appoints Sandra Ringelstetter Ennis as Chief Operating Officer

03 August 2015

New York—NERA Economic Consulting, announced today that Senior Vice President Sandra Ringelstetter Ennis will succeed Dr. Phillip Beutel as NERA’s Chief Operating Officer (COO), effective August 10, 2015, due to his upcoming retirement from the firm.

As COO, Ms. Ringelstetter Ennis will have overall responsibility for the company’s growing global operations, including business development, growth strategies, and the company’s recently expanded European and Asia Pacific offices. She will focus on continuing to build a strong organization and increasing efficiency across all aspects of operations. Ms. Ringelstetter Ennis is based in NERA’s Chicago office and will report directly to NERA President Dr. Lawrence Wu. In addition, she will be a member of the firm’s Management Committee and Board of Directors.

“Sandy brings impressive management capabilities and leadership experience to her role as a COO,” said Dr. Wu. “She understands NERA’s culture, commitment to quality, and clients. NERA wants to continue to be the firm that companies and their counsel turn to when they have complex business, legal, and regulatory issues that require expertise in economics, finance, and quantitative analysis; Sandy will be instrumental in helping us meet and exceed that goal.”

Ms. Ringelstetter Ennis has been involved in the energy industry for more than 25 years as a consultant and is a recognized expert in New Source Review (NSR) enforcement matters on behalf of utility clients. She specializes in wholesale electricity markets, asset valuation, and the modeling of electric systems. Before joining NERA in 2003, Ms. Ringelstetter Ennis was the COO at e-Acumen, a software solutions and professional services company that served energy companies around the country.

“NERA is an important leader in the industry and I am excited to have a hand in shaping its future. The firm’s biggest advantages are our client relationships, distinguished experts, loyal staff, and global reach,” said Ms. Ringelstetter Ennis. “The firm embraces the values that have been important to me over the course of my career and I look forward to working with Lawrence and the management team.”

Dr. Beutel has been with NERA since 1990. In addition to his role as COO, Dr. Beutel was the Chair of NERA's Intellectual Property Practice and served on the firm's Board of Directors and Management Committee.

“Phil has been a source of wisdom and I will miss his counsel,” said Dr. Wu. “Together, we have implemented a number of organizational and process improvements to help the firm continue to grow for years to come. He has done a tremendous job of helping lead the firm and we wish him the very best in his retirement.”

About NERA

NERA Economic Consulting ( is a global firm of experts dedicated to applying economic, finance, and quantitative principles to complex business and legal challenges. For more than six decades, we have been creating strategies, studies, reports, expert testimony, and policy recommendations for government authorities and the world’s leading law firms and corporations. We bring academic rigor, objectivity, and real-world industry experience to issues arising from competition, regulation, public policy, strategy, finance, and litigation.

NERA’s clients value our ability to apply and communicate state-of-the-art approaches clearly and convincingly, our commitment to deliver unbiased findings, and our reputation for quality and independence. Our clients rely on the integrity and skills of our unparalleled team of economists and other experts backed by the resources and reliability of one of the world’s largest economic consultancies. Continuing our legacy as the first international economic consultancy, NERA serves clients from major cities across North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific.