Kleinfelder has appointed Michael Kesler, P.E., as the company’s new chief operating officer. Kesler brings more than 24 years of experience in operations management, team leadership and market development, with an emphasis on energy.

Kesler will oversee operations for all of Kleinfelder’s markets, including water, energy and transportation, as well as targeted segments of the major commercial, industrial, governmental and institutional markets. Specifically, Kesler will focus on executing Kleinfelder focused market strategy, building lifetime clients through client-tailored solutions delivered with industry-leading teamwork and responsiveness.

Kesler has spent 14 years with Kleinfelder in a diverse set of technical, operational and market-development roles. His most recent contributions as manager of the company’s energy division include helping to increase revenues by building strong client relationships in natural gas, electrical transmission and renewable power, expanding Kleinfelder’s penetration of the industrial market and the company’s presence in the Pacific Rim with a new office in Australia.

Prior to joining Kleinfelder, Kesler spent three years as a consultant and construction manager to the petroleum industry. He also spent seven years as a Naval submarine officer, qualifying as a nuclear submarine engineer in 1991. Kesler has a degree in chemical engineering from the University of South Carolina and is a registered civil and mechanical engineer.