Adolfson & Peterson, Inc. (A&P) has announced the appointment of Rick Whitney as Chief Executive Officer, effective October 1, 2014. In his new role, Whitney will be responsible for the company's strategic direction and the overall growth and performance of the business.
Whitney succeeds Interim CEO Steven Pinney, who has held the interim role since CEO Doug Jaeger stepped down in December 2013. Pinney will continue to serve A&P as Chairman of the Board of Directors.
Whitney brings broad experience in executive leadership roles and a strong background in construction management. For the last six years he held the position of President and Chief Executive Officer of M+W U.S., Inc., based in Watervliet, New York. M+W U.S. is part of the M+W Group, a leading design/builder of technology-driven manufacturing and research facilities headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany. Whitney also served as Chairman of the Board of M+W U.S., Inc. Throughout Whitney’s tenure as CEO, M+W U.S. experienced rapid and sustained growth. He spearheaded several initiatives to ensure the company’s profitability and led the company through the strategic acquisition of five companies.
Whitney’s career at M+W U.S. also included five years as Chief Operating Officer. In 2003 he founded Total Facility Solutions (TFS), a wholly owned subsidiary of M+W U.S., Inc., and served as the company’s CEO. TFS is a self-perform mechanical contractor specializing in high purity piping systems. Whitney also worked for Texas Instruments from 1983 until 1997, during which he oversaw construction in the Asia Pacific region for several years. He began his career as a civil engineer with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in both active duty and U.S. Army Reserve positions. Whitney holds a BS in Civil Engineering from The Citadel Military College of South Carolina and an MBA in Finance from the University of South Carolina.
“We welcome Rick to A&P at a pivotal time in our history,” said Interim CEO Steve Pinney. “A&P is firmly established as a national company with a well-diversified portfolio of work, and we are seeing many opportunities for growth. Rick’s strong leadership and his extensive background in engineering, construction and project management will be tremendous assets as we take A&P to the next level.”