Management Team

The management team of UMS Group has an extensive worldwide knowledge of the energy industry. Together they bring numerous years of experience and know-how in different disciplines within and outside the market. They are all seen as thought leaders and each of them are frequent speakers at industry conferences. The management team consists of:

John M. Shearman, CEO - UMS Group
Jeffrey W. Cummings, Managing Director - UMS Group Americas
Jan Schipper, Managing Director - UMS Group EMEA
Steven J. Morris, Principal - UMS Group Americas
Douglas Dale, Principal - UMS Group Americas

John M. Shearman Chief Executive Officer

Jack has more than 35 years of consulting and management experience serving global electric and gas utility markets. His special focus is on deregulation, competitive positioning, and the management of change. He also has extensive expertise in strategic planning, organizational effectiveness and asset and performance management. He is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and is well known for his perspectives on industry strategic directions. 

Prior to founding UMS Group, Jack was a senior member of Booz Allen & Hamilton's utility practice. 
He also served for 11 years in various leadership capacities at two major U.S. east coast utilities. Jack holds a professional engineer's license and a M.B.A. in finance from New York University.

Jeffrey W. Cummings Managing Director - North America

Mr. Cummings has over 37 years of consulting experience in engineering, strategic and operational planning for vertically integrated investor-owned utilities and municipalities in North America, the Middle East and Australia. Key areas of Jeff’s work include grid modernization, project and portfolio management across all core business functions, T&D system reliability, electric generation performance optimization, capital investment planning and prioritization, asset strategy and plan development, organizational transformations, and regulatory strategy; and when called upon, has offered expert testimony, most recently for one Canadian Provincial Utility, Israel, and four U.S. State Regulatory jurisdictions.

Prior to joining UMS Group, Mr. Cummings held leadership positions at Vectra Technologies (formerly Pacific Nuclear) and started his career working for Stone and Webster Engineering Corporation. He holds an M.S. degree in Operations Research for the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School and a B.S. degree from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD.

Jan Schipper Managing Director - Europe

Jan joined UMS Group Europe in 2007. He has built up in depth knowledge in energy generation, transmission and distribution in over 25 years working experience in the Energy and Utility market. Jan fulfilled different positions as senior manager in major Energy and Utility companies,  as well as different senior roles in  international management consulting firms. He is internationally recognized as a thought leader in Asset Management.

His current focus area is in the Energy Transition, especially in the area of Asset Management.  He is helping his business partners understanding the impact of Big Data and Internet of Things and guiding them in the transformation toward future “Data driven Asset Management”.

Prior to joining UMS Group, he spent five years as the Managing Director, Asset Management of Infrastructures (Electricity, Gas, Water) for the largest DSO in the Netherlands. His drivers are the understanding of complex situations, finding creative solutions and transferring these into success implementations He holds a Master of Science degree in Physics from the University of Twente (NL). 

Steven J. Morris Principal - North America

Steve has 30 years of consulting and management experience with the last 23 years spent in the electric and gas utility industries.  He has significant expertise in asset management, performance improvement, organizational design, and strategic planning, and has published dozens of analytical reports on utility industry topics.  He plays a key role in both UMS Group's Asset Management and Utility Performance Optimization Practices and has assisted numerous utilities in improving both their asset management capabilities and the efficiency and effectiveness of their field operations.  He developed and leads UMS Group's client-sponsored benchmarking and best practice studies area which provides facilitated utility industry research and forums to assist utilities in understanding industry trends and sharing best practices. 

Prior to joining UMS Group, Mr. Morris was a Senior Consultant for Andersen Consulting and a Director for Navigant Consulting. He also founded Research Reports International, a business focused on providing data and information on key issues facing the industry to electric and gas utility executives.  He holds a B.A. in Economics and an M.B.A., both from Cornell University.

Douglas Dale Principal - North America

Doug has a broad experience across the entire utility platform.  Over the past 30 years, he has worked in Nuclear Power, Fossil Generation, Electric and Gas Operations, Customer Service and Corporate Executive Management.  Over the past 10 years, Doug has been serving dozens of utilities across America and abroad as a management consultant.  His specialty is to quickly find the source of performance issues and coaching senior leaders to improve both operational and asset performance issues.  As a Lean Sigma Master Blackbelt, Doug brings a toolbox full of tools to not only help leaders improve, but sustain high levels of performance. Using his Business Degree, Doug has also helped companies through complex business and regulatory issues.


Prior to joining UMS Group, Doug held executive and leadership positions at NiSource, DTE Energy and USIC.  He holds a B.S. degree in Business Management and Is a Lean Sigma Master Blackbelt.