May 23, 2023

CRB adds new members to leadership team

CRB, a global provider of engineering, architecture, construction and consulting solutions to the life sciences and food and beverage industries, has added two members to its leadership team.

Mike Dieterich is the company’s new senior director of sustainability, while Ryan Thompson is its new Industry 4.0 lead.

Mike Dieterich is CRB’s new senior director of sustainability. Photo: Provided

With more than 17 years of experience in sustainable action, greenhouse gas reductions, and innovations within the built environment, Dieterich will help clients meet their carbon footprint reduction goals. He specializes in decarbonization, zero-waste, net-zero energy projects and energy efficiency programs.

“Companies like CRB have an opportunity to drive sustainability across their own organizations and apply those learnings and innovation outward for client projects that are profitable for everyone and benefit both people and the planet,” Dieterich said in a news release. “CRB is making this very commitment, and I couldn’t be more excited to join them.”

Dieterich received his Bachelor of Environmental Science from Plattsburgh University and is a LEED Accredited Professional. He serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Houston.

“CRB has a unique opportunity to holistically impact our clients’ sustainability goals, starting with early design,” said Ryan Schroeder, CRB president and CEO. “Integrating a responsible strategy from the start helps our clients maximize their sustainability efforts, driving positive impact for them as well as their broader communities.”

With nearly two decades of driving digital transformation within CRB’s core markets, Thompson will report to Niranjan Kulkarni, CRB’s senior director of consulting services.

Ryan Thompson is CRB’s new Industry 4.0 lead. Photo: Provided

The 4.0 movement enables digital transformation for companies, allowing them to gain new efficiencies, increase productivity and raise asset performance. Industry 4.0 technologies reduce costs, increase capacity, improve time-to-market, and drive more accurate and quicker decision-making for manufacturers.

“Industry 4.0 is about manufacturers taking advantage of advances in connectivity and computing power,” Thompson said. “CRB’s understanding of life sciences and food and beverage manufacturers’ businesses from the factory floor to the boardroom uniquely positions us to provide solutions our clients can count on to achieve their goals.”

Thompson’s career began in 2004 in the automotive industry with Magna, where he worked as a project engineer. He spent the bulk of his career with Grantek Systems Integration, serving in controls engineering, project manager, and business development roles before progressing to an Industry 4.0 role with Skellig.

“Ryan brings a wealth of experience and expertise to our team, having worked with numerous industry-leading organizations to implement cutting-edge technology solutions,” Kulkarni said. “We couldn’t be more excited about the new capabilities he brings to CRB.”


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