Thompson Engineering selects next CEO

Kendall Kilpatrick will take the helm on January 1, 2024

Thompson Engineering’s next CEO Kendall Kilpatrick. Photo by Mike Kittrell.

Kendall Kilpatrick has been chosen as Thompson Engineering’s next CEO, taking the helm effective January 1, 2024. Thompson Engineering is a multi-disciplined engineering firm with offices in eight Southeastern states and its headquarters in Mobile.

Kilpatrick will succeed John Baker, who will remain CEO and chairman of Thompson Holdings, the parent company of Thompson Engineering.

“This is an exciting time for Thompson Engineering because of the rapid growth we’re experiencing in multiple markets and service lines including geotechnical, transportation design and nuclear quality assurance,” said Baker. “Kendall has the vision for continuing that growth and the experience to implement it.”

Kilpatrick currently serves as the Buildings and Infrastructure Practice Leader at Thompson Engineering. Before joining Thompson in January 2023, Kilpatrick served as executive vice president and unit general manager for global engineering firm Mott MacDonald.

“One of the reasons I came to Thompson Engineering is its ownership culture,” said Kilpatrick. “That culture is built on a foundation of transparency and trust that rewards employees who take the initiative to solve challenging problems. I have always found it rewarding in my career and believe our team members find it rewarding as well. I am excited to continue to build on that employee experience.”

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The firm also announced two other leadership promotions effective January 1, 2024. Scott Hardy will become Thompson Engineering’s chief operating officer and Michael Manning, who serves as president, will expand his role to include the duties of chief revenue officer.

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