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CES Names Walsh New President

(l-r) George Keithan and Mike Walsh

(l-r) George Keithan and Michael Walsh

Middletown, CT – Consulting Engineering Services (CES) is naming the second president in CES history, Michael B. Walsh, PE.

In its 22nd year, CES continues to strengthen its commitment to its employees and clients and sustain its record of success by investing in its next generation of leadership.

An essential part of this commitment was the development of a succession strategy by the firm’s board of directors, formalized in a 10-year transition plan to develop the next generation of CES leadership.

Walsh currently is a vice president in the firm. He leads commercial design teams and the firm’s commissioning practice.

Walsh will serve as president beginning January 1, 2017. George Keithan will be stepping down as president and will remain CEO and a principal in the firm, focusing on engineering and mentoring of the staff.


Keithan explains, “Mike is truly qualified and ready to take on this assignment.  We are excited and confident that Mike can take us to the next level, while maintaining all of the achievements from the past.” Keithan, who founded the company in 1994, has served as President and CEO since inception.  Under his direction, the firm has grown to nearly 100 employees throughout its four offices.  The most significant factors for the company’s growth, under Keithan, can be attributed to his insatiable drive and mentoring leadership style that produced some of New England’s finest MEP engineers.  But perhaps most importantly, it is George’s unwavering passion for client satisfaction and insistence in providing the highest quality standard for CES’ work environment.

Since joining CES in 2005, Walsh, a mechanical engineer, brought an unyielding reputation for timely, responsive design solutions and diligent project management skills for CES’ public and private clients. Early in his career he demonstrated strategic vision and quickly ascended to leadership, first as a team leader managing multidisciplinary teams, then to Principal, and more recently Vice President. He serves as Principal in Charge for some of CES’ more high profile projects that include both MEP engineering design and full building commissioning services, with many qualifying for LEED Certification or meeting stringent energy efficiency and high performance criteria.  “I am honored to have been selected by the Board of Directors, their inspired leadership and mentoring prepared me for this important milestone today. That preparation will undoubtedly make this transition seamless to both our clients and staff. Our current team of engineers and staff instill tremendous confidence in me about the direction of CES for years to come. I am excited to work with our current team, entirely certain as a team, we will continue to deliver exceptional client service, maintain the CES culture across all offices and help our staff fulfill their own passions while working with us.” Walsh said.

A registered professional engineer, Walsh is active in a number of professional associations including ASHRAE and the Building Commissioning Association.