Chris O’Brien

Chris O’Brien

Partner, Executive Vice President - exida Consulting LLC

Chris O'Brien is a Partner and Executive Vice President with exida Consulting LLC. He has over 30 years of experience in the design, manufacturing and marketing of automation, reserve power systems, and safety related equipment. He focuses on supporting new and existing customers with their implementation of the functional safety, alarm management, and cybersecurity standards. 

He works extensively with clients implementing the IEC 61508, IEC 61511, IEC 62016, ISO 13849, and ISO 26262 functional safety standards. Additionally he provides system level analysis and review, turbomachinery assessment as well as reliability analysis for mechanical devices. 

He was formerly Vice President of the Power Systems Business Unit of C&D Technologies, a business that specialized in the design and implementation of high reliability back up power systems. Prior to that, he was with Moore Products/Siemens Energy and Automation where he held several positions including General Manager of the Instrumentation Division. 

Chris is the author of multiple papers, articles, and the book Final Elements and the IEC 61508 and IEC 61511 Functional Safety Standards. HE has been awarded 5 patents, including a patent of the industry's first safety rated pressure transmitter. He has a Bachelor’s of Mechanical Engineering from Villanova University and is a Certified Functional Safety Expert.