Jan 05 2011

Dassault Systèmes Reinforces its Field Operations: Jeff Ray Promoted to Executive Vice President, Geographic Operations

Bertrand Sicot named SolidWorks CEO

Vélizy-Villacoublay, France, January 5, 2011 –  Dassault Systèmes (Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA), a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, today announced the appointment of Jeff Ray as Executive Vice President, Geographic Operations, and member of the Dassault Systèmes executive committee.

In this newly created position, Ray will oversee the company’s geographies in order to empower the Dassault Systèmes local teams to serve customers’ and partners’ growing needs and fully exploit the market growth potential.

Bernard Charlès, President and CEO of Dassault Systèmes commented, “The successful integration of our global sales and support teams, serving clients in over 80 countries, combined with our diversified proven strategy calls for stronger localization of our businesses. Jeff’s track record in setting up a highly efficient international field operation is well recognized and will bring valuable expertise to serve our goals.”

Ray joined Dassault Systèmes in 2003 as chief operating officer for SolidWorks, and was appointed CEO of SolidWorks in 2007. Prior to his seven-year tenure at Dassault Systèmes, Ray held various senior executive positions in software and IT companies.

In tandem, Bertrand Sicot has been named SolidWorks CEO. Sicot first joined Dassault Systèmes in 1997 where he was in charge of regional sales for SolidWorks in Europe. He then expanded the US SolidWorks operations from 2004 to 2007, and since 2007 has been leading the SolidWorks global sales channel.

Charlès added, “I am confident that Bertrand will further expand our potential to serve the 3D market for professionals. These two promotions underscore the tremendous talents within our organization.”


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