Invensys executive Ken Brown has been named acting president of Foxboro, Mass.-based automation solution supplier Invensys Process Systems. Brown replaces former Process Systems President Mike Caliel, who has accepted the position of president and chief executive officer of Houston-based Integrated Electrical Services.
Brown has helped drive accelerated growth at several Invensys business units in recent years. These include both the SimSci-Esscor Simulation Software Group and the Foxboro Measurements & Instruments Group. He previously led the company’s Analytical Instrumentation Group, and has been with Invensys for almost 14 years. He will serve as acting president during an extensive search for a replacement for Caliel.
In his roles as general manager of SimSci-Esscor and Foxboro M&I, Brown helped formulate and execute Invensys Process Systems’ current business strategy that has unified the previously separate Foxboro, Triconex, SimSci-Esscor, and Avantis brands and related services organizations into a single business entity.
Commented Ulf Henriksson, chief executive officer of Invensys plc, “Mike Caliel has been a great leader for Invensys Process Systems and will surely be missed. Clearly, the appeal to move up to a chief executive’s role in a company headquartered in close proximity to his family was too strong for Mike to pass up. However, we have every confidence that Ken Brown is exactly the right person to provide the clear vision and strong leadership that Invensys Process Systems needs to complete the execution of its current strategy, which has so far exceeded our expectations.”
Adds Brown, “Mike Caliel and I came to the Invensys organization at almost the same point in time and we have worked together closely over the years. It has been an honor to be a part of his management team in recent years and to participate in the successful turnaround of Invensys Process Systems. Mike has provided the vision and leadership needed to transform Process Systems back into a responsive, customer-focused organization. Mike’s strong leadership and ready smile will be missed, but his vision for a unified Invensys Process Systems that is respected by its customers, competitors, and employees, will live on.”