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Power People | February 2015

New CEO takes over at SOLIDWORKS

Dassault SystFmes, the 3DEXPERIENCE company, a world leader in 3D design software, 3D Digital Mock Up and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, has announced that Gian Paolo Bassi has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of its 3D design software brand SOLIDWORKS. Bassi will spearhead the development of SOLIDWORKS´ future product and technology strategies designed for the desktop and the cloud and the continued collaboration with the brand´s user community. He replaces Bertrand Sicot, who is promoted as Vice President Sales of Dassault SystFmes´ Value Solutions sales channel.

¨Behind every great brand is great talent, and Gian Paolo and Bertrand have been architects of change for SOLIDWORKS,¨ said Bernard CharlFs, President and CEO of Dassault SystFmes. ¨SOLIDWORKS has developed into a comprehensive portfolio for intuitive, integrated 3D design, simulation, electrical design, product data management and technical communication and continues to thrive thanks to engineering ingenuity and user collaboration.

We look forward to continued success for SOLIDWORKS under Gian Paolo´s leadership and to strong value solutions channel sales growth from Bertrand´s extensive sales experience.¨

Gian Paolo Bassi has been instrumental in the growth of SOLIDWORKS since joining Dassault SystFmes in 2011 as SOLIDWORKS Vice President Research and Development. With a hands-on technical approach and working in close collaboration with SOLIDWORKS´ tight-knit user community of more than two million engineers and designers, Gian Paolo Bassi led the development of the brand´s cloud applications, SOLIDWORKS Mechanical Conceptual and SOLIDWORKS Industrial Conceptual, to provide users with an instinctive powerful 3D modeling environment with online data storage and social collaboration on Dassault SystFmes´ 3DEXPERIENCE platform.

He is 55 years old, and has more than 25 years of experience in 3D, CAD, and PLM application development. Prior to joining Dassault SystFmes´ SOLIDWORKS brand, he was founder and CTO of RIWEBB where he oversaw the development of new technologies for the mechanical and architectural design automation industry. He was also previously vice president and CTO of ImpactXoft, where he co-invented three of his five patents in functional modeling.

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