Ian Whitfield

Ian Whitfield

Chief Executive Officer, RED

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I serve as CEO of RED, a company of ENGIE Impact, and lead our teams across Europe, the Middle East and Asia to help our clients deliver high-performance facilities and realize their plans toward zero-carbon built environments.

In what way do you and the teams you lead further ENGIE Impact’s mission to accelerate sustainable transformation?

We use our market leading technical expertise in key sectors to help our clients deliver high performance facilities and realize their plans towards zero carbon-built environments.

For over a decade we have used our market-leading technical expertise in key sectors to lead efforts toward the zero-carbon goal. We have insisted, from the start, on providing step-change low-carbon solutions which are also commercially viable.

We have reached a point on the path towards zero-carbon, but the urgency of the final goal has become much greater. With ENGIE Impact, we will help global clients accelerate their transformation towards a genuinely sustainable future.

What does success at ENGIE Impact look like?

Success is becoming an organization that people want to be part of because of the great work we are doing, with a client base that recommends us to their peers.

How did your background prepare you for this role at ENGIE Impact?

I have designed and managed projects and client portfolios throughout EMEA for both UK and international clients. Many of these projects include data centers, mixed-use developments, superstores and highly serviced offices, and even the occasional unusual project such as indoor ski slopes.

  • I am a chartered engineer with 30 years’ industry experience and an Accredited Tier Designer (ATD) with the Uptime Institute. I was one of the first ATDs outside of Uptime’s own consultants to achieve ATD status in 2009.
  • I have designed and delivered many data centers throughout EMEA, three of which were firsts of their type to be Uptime certified: the first Tier III certified data center outside of the U.S.; the first Tier IV data center in Europe, and the first Tier III full fresh air modular data center, which is one of the most energy efficient in the world today.
  • In late 2004, I set up Red Engineering Design (RED) with four colleagues, taking up the Managing Directors role for RED’s European business in 2011 and more recently CEO for the RED Group after we joined ENGIE Group.

What do you like to do when you’re not in the office?

I travel with my family, keep active and spend time outdoors. I am also a keen golfer and supporter of Liverpool FC.