Gian Paolo Bassi named as new SOLIDWORKS CEO

A new CEO has been appointed at 3D design software company
SOLIDWORKS, parent company Dassault Systemes has announced.

Vice President, Research and Development, Gian Paolo Bassi (pictured) has been promoted to SOLIDWORKS CEO, replacing Bertrand Sicot, who has been promoted to
Dassault’s VP of Sales for its Value Solutions sales channel.

Dassault announced that Bassi will lead development of
SOLIDWORKS’ product and technology strategies and collaboration with the brand’s
2 million-plus user community.

“Behind every great brand is great talent, and Gian Paolo
and Bertrand have been architects of change for SOLIDWORKS,” Bernard Charlès, President
and CEO of Dassault Systèmes, said in a statement.

“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.

Bassi joined Dassault in 2011. Sicot had been CEO since the beginning of 2011, replacing Jeff Ray, and joined in 1997 as regional sales
manager for Western Europe and Scandinavia.

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