Allen Austin Partners Recruits Inaugural Board of Directors for Stress Engineering Services

June 7, 2024 – Houston, TX-based search firm Allen Austin has completed a board engagement for Stress Engineering Services Inc., to design and build its first fiduciary board of directors. The incoming board was designed to bring the right directors together to advise management on matters of strategy, culture, organizational performance, and specific market sector penetration. “We are confident that the addition of these accomplished professionals to our board of directors will fortify our governance framework and position Stress Engineering Services for sustained success,” remarked Jack Miller, CEO of Stress Engineering Services.

“As part of this landmark board search, Allen Austin is proud to introduce the newly appointed external independent directors, and internal directors, who bring a wealth of experience, industry knowledge and leadership expertise to the SES boardroom,” the search firm said. Newly appointed directors include:

Bob Callahan has over three decades of experience as a strategic and visionary chief human resources officer. He has a wealth of knowledge in driving business performance, fostering employee engagement, and cultivating organizational excellence. He has served as the chief human resources officer at Powell Industries, Inc. since 2010, concurrently holding the position of chief information officer since 2019.

Tim Igo is recognized for his strategic foresight and operational prowess. He boasts a career spanning more than 24 years in consulting. Mr. Igo specializes in facilitating business process enhancements, implementing data-driven decision systems, and deploying IT solutions to support organizational objectives, particularly during periods of corporate restructuring and transition.

David King has experience in both the aerospace and defense industry and governmental sectors. He brings a unique perspective to the boardroom. As the former CEO of Dynetics, Mr. King oversaw operations exceeding $1 billion in revenue, demonstrating proficiency in team building, strategic planning, and navigating complex organizational landscapes.

Chris Miller’s background as an executive adept at orchestrating strategy and operations across global business units is a valuable addition to the board. Noteworthy for his expertise in consulting, engineering, and program management, he has a proven track record of establishing and scaling business units to meet the evolving needs of diverse markets.

Kimberly O. Flesner is senior vice president and chief operating officer at SES. Her skill set developed over 40+ years in forensic engineering and large-scale accident investigation, combined with her 25 years’ experience at SES, give her a unique perspective in understanding and optimizing SES’s business and financial models. Ms. Flesner was also part of the board committee implementing the company’s transformation to 100 percent ESOP ownership.

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Harbi Pordal is senior vice president and a 24-year SES employee. He has significant work experience in engineering and business management. In 2000, Mr. Pordal joined Stress Engineering Services, Inc. as a principal, providing technical solutions for product development, root cause investigation, and cost reduction. He provides strategic leadership for personnel and quality management, identifies growth initiatives, and improves organizational efficiency.

Jack Miller has 40+ years of experience with Stress Engineering. His technical work has focused on the development of new systems and mechanical equipment for both one-off and product line applications, deepwater pipeline connectors and repair equipment, downhole tools for oil well and scientific drilling, and the simulation of transient dynamic mechanical and fluid systems via numerical methods. Mr. Miller has held the office of president of Stress Engineering Services since 2014.

Industry Leader in Multidisciplinary Technical Solutions

Founded in 1972 by Joe Fowler, Ray Latham, and Harry Sweet, Stress Engineering Services is an industry leader in multidisciplinary technical solutions. Its services range from upstream oil & gas to downstream chemical & refinery, plastics to packaging, materials to testing, medical to pharmaceutical, pipelines to power, and measurements to forensics.

Allen Austin is a top 40 global management consulting firm specializing in executive search and leadership advisory services. Founded in 1996, the firm partners with boards, CEOs and senior leaders of companies small and large, public and private, family-owned, private equity, venture-backed, domestic and international. Allen Austin has more than 30 partners managing client engagements from offices in 20 cities in North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East.

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Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Executive Editor; Lily Fauver, Senior Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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