aeSolutions announces new executive leadership appointments and corporate growth structure

June 26, 2024

C-Level Appointments and New Business Units Will Enhance Company Client Services; Set Stage for Projected Growth

GREENVILLE, SC – aeSolutions announced multiple executive appointments and a new corporate growth structure. Both the executive appointments and the new structure are designed to drive client success and position the company for growth in client services and offerings. aeSolutions is an applied engineering solutions development and delivery company that assesses industrial process risk and implements risk response plans through critical systems

Key Personnel Appointments

Executive Appointments

  • Ken O’Malley, Chief Executive Officer (CEO): O’Malley started aeSolutions with two partners in 1998 and most recently served as aeSolutions’ president. He has proven to be a leader capable of transitioning from a startup with five employees to a mid-sized consulting and engineering company that has locations in multiple states executing critical projects for international, Fortune 100 clients.
  • Joel Read, Chief Financial Officer (CFO): As aeSolutions’ first CFO and member of the Executive Leadership team, Read leverages his strong history of elevating company performances while navigating through periods of significant change. Read’s previous roles include serving as the president of Executive Interim Management, LLC and as Division CFO, Division Controller and Global HQ Business Planner at IBM Global Services.
  • Chris Neff, Chief Operating Officer (COO): Neff has more than 25 years of experience developing and executing complex projects to create value for customers in diverse industries including refining, chemicals, onshore and offshore oil and gas, LNG, syngas/methanol, utilities, infrastructure, power, metals, mining, food, and pharmaceuticals. Throughout his career, Neff has held many leadership positions, from serving as an instrumentation and controls systems lead engineer for a large refinery to leading an operation team of more than 600 staff for a global corporation. Prior to being named COO, Neff served as aeSolutions’ senior vice president of Project Development and Plant Protection Systems.
  • David Ivester Chief Commercial Officer (CCO): Prior to joining aeSolutions in January 2024, Ivester accumulated more than 30 years of experience in a variety of leadership positions in sales and marketing in the process automation space. During his previous tenure at Emerson, Ivester held a range of roles, from sales representative to vice president of Global Accounts. In his most recent role at Emerson, his responsibilities included leading a billion-dollar revenue-generating team and managing capital project investments. His most recent role at aeSolutions was as senior vice president for Sales and Marketing.


  • Ken Whittle, Vice President of Solutions Development: Whittle’s 30-plus years of leadership roles in environment, health, safety, and sustainability (EHS&S)/operations comprise experience with mechanical integrity, maintenance excellence, mergers and acquisitions, and leadership coaching and mentoring. Additionally, he held increasingly senior and complex roles at corporate and business levels, at both large and small upstream and downstream petrochemical facilities. Prior to his promotion to vice president of Solutions Development, Whittle served as aeSolutions’ senior director of Process Safety.

New Business Units/Branches

To streamline and more tightly focus operations at aeSolutions, the company consolidated multiple business units into two: Solutions Development and Solutions Delivery, each overlaying four organizational branches focused on our Sales and Service, our People, Deployment, and our Projects.



About aeSolutions

In business since 1998, aeSolutions is an applied engineering solutions development and delivery company that assesses industrial process risk and implements risk response plans through critical systems. They specialize in helping industrial clients achieve their risk management and operational excellence goals. Their expertise includes process safety, combustion control and safeguarding, safety instrumented systems, control system design and integration, alarm management, and related operations and integrity management systems. For more information, visit


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