Michael D’Appolonia is the new chief executive officer of Kinetic Systems, a Durham-based firm that provides process and mechanical solutions to semi-conductor manufacturers, biopharmaceutical firms and other high tech companies.

D’Appolonia, whose most recent position was president of consulting firm Nightingale & Associates, was named to the position on Friday. He replaces Gordie Beittenmiller, who resigned. Beittenmiller will serve as a consultant for Kinetics, the company said.

Kinetics has more than 25 offices and employs more than 3,000 people.

Kinetics: www.kineticsgroup.com