Dassault Systèmes, a world leader in 3D design software and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, has appointed Gian Paolo Bassi as the Chief Executive Officer of its 3D design software brand SOLIDWORKS. Bassi replaces Bertrand Sicot, who has been promoted Vice President Sales of Dassault Systèmes’ Value Solutions sales channel.

Bassi will spearhead the development of SOLIDWORKS’ future product and technology strategies, designed for the desktop and the cloud. “Behind every great brand is great talent, and Gian Paolo and Bertrand have been architects of change for SOLIDWORKS,” said Bernard Charlès, President and CEO of Dassault Systèmes.

“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.”

Bassi first joined the organisation in 2011 as SOLIDWORKS Vice President Research and Development. He has more than 25 years of experience in 3D, CAD, and PLM application development.

Prior to joining Dassault Systèmes’ 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 modelling.

There will be a full 'In Business' feature on the application of SOLIDWORKS software to the superyacht industry in SuperyachtDesign Q22

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