john.jpgAfter being with SolidWorks since 1996 and leading since 2001, John McEleney has stepped down as CEO. Dassault Systèmes has named Jeff Ray as his replacement.

He brought vast amounts of knowledge, a friendly face and a well trimmed goatee to SolidWorks. I’m sure he’ll be missed… but not till the end of the year. He will be serving on the board of directors till then.

Thanks for sharing your passion and inspiration with us.

See Brian’s Cadfanatic post about John at a User’s Group in Huntsville

Source: BusinessWire

UPDATE: Here’s a link to CAD Insider where Roopinder Tara has some further details.


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