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Leadership Team

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Peter A. Bilello

President
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Peter Bilello has more than 24 years of experience in the development of business-enabling IT solutions for research, engineering, and manufacturing organizations worldwide. He has participated in PLM analysis, selection, implementation, and training; CAD/CAM/CAE/CIM implementation and management; synchronous and lean manufacturing consulting; software engineering; and general data management strategy development and support. He has authored numerous papers and research reports on PLM and related topics, and his articles, commentaries, and perspectives have appeared in publications throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia.

Mr. Bilello has been directly involved with consultation on the selection, integration, and implementation of large-scale PLM solutions. He has spoken on a number of different PLM-related topics in Europe, North and South America, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia.

Mr. Bilello holds a BS in Computer Science with a minor in Physics from California State University, Fullerton, and an MSE in Manufacturing Systems Engineering from The University of Michigan.


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Alan M. Christman

Chairman
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Alan Christman has over 30 years of experience defining, marketing, and implementing CAD/CAM/CAE/CIM technology, and has been considered an authority on NC software systems.

Mr. Christman was the primary author of the CIMdata NC Software Market Assessment Reports and the Compendium of NC Software Product Reviews. He has researched manufacturing engineering, digital manufacturing, and CAM software usage, and has consulted on strategic, marketing, and technical subjects for CAM software end users, all major CAD/CAM companies, digital manufacturing suppliers, venture capitalists, and CAM-centric vendors. Prior to joining CIMdata, Mr. Christman was an engineering supervisor, Manager of Manufacturing Process Analysis, and Director of Information Systems for Union Carbide. He worked for Control Data as General Manager: of Product Planning, of Manufacturing Industry Marketing, and of CAD/CAM Marketing.

Mr. Christman sat on the board and chaired the National Conference for NCGA; served on the editorial advisory board of Tooling and Production magazine; and authored a column for Modern Machine Shop.

Mr. Christman received BS and MS degrees in Chemical Engineering from The University of Michigan, and was a Ph.D. candidate in Mathematics at the University of Tennessee.


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John MacKrell

Vice President
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John MacKrell has over 40 years of experience in the application of computer-based solutions to engineering and manufacturing, with more than 20 years at CIMdata. He has held senior positions in product management, marketing, research and development, and consulting.

Mr. MacKrell’s experience includes marketing and product management, market analysis, solid modeling, and data management systems.

Mr. MacKrell consults on PLM strategies; best practices; collaboration and knowledge sharing; PLM ROI and benefits; and developing end-user plans for the acquisition and implementation of PLM technologies – including PDM, data visualization, collaboration, CAD, and digital manufacturing.

Mr. MacKrell is a frequent speaker at conferences, trade shows, and seminars throughout the world. He is author or co-author of numerous technology guides and has authored a number of books and articles related to PLM.

Mr. MacKrell holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Naval Architecture from The University of Michigan.


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James R. Watch

Chief Financial Officer
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James Watch has over 35 years of experience in corporate finance, operations, and administration. After serving as a commercial loan officer for Comerica Bank, he worked for a medium-sized privately held industrial-machine builder, as well as for a Detroit-based distributor of factory automation equipment. Prior to joining CIMdata, Mr. Watch spent 13 years as Director of Finance and Administration for the United States subsidiary of a Mexican-based tier one automotive supplier. During that time he was responsible for all US administration including treasury, tax, multi-plant and multi-state accounting; information systems; human resources; fleet management; warehouse operations; and JIT import/export logistics.

Mr. Watch holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (Marketing) and a Masters of Business Administration in Finance from The University of Michigan.


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Stanley M. Przybylinski

Vice President of Research
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Stan Przybylinski has over 30 years of experience in the development of business-enabling IT solutions for research, engineering, and manufacturing organizations worldwide. He has worked in R&D, marketing, and communications with both Fortune 100 companies and small organizations. Mr. Przybylinski is responsible for CIMdata’s research agenda, including the CIMdata PLM Market Analysis Report series.

Mr. Przybylinski has been directly involved with selection, consulting, integration, and implementation of large-scale PLM solutions, and has worked on projects for both PLM solution suppliers and end-user organizations in the automotive, aerospace, consumer packaged goods, high-tech, and medical device industries. He has spoken on PLM-related topics in Europe, North America, and Asia.

Prior to joining CIMdata, Mr. Przybylinski was Manager of Market and Competitive Intelligence for Dassault Systèmes.

Mr. Przybylinski holds both a BS and an MS in Mathematics from the University of Vermont, and an MBA in Finance from New York University.


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Gerard Litjens

Director of European Operations
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Gerard Litjens has over 30 years of experience in information and communication technology, product and plant lifecycle management, and other business-enabling solutions for research, engineering, and manufacturing organizations worldwide. He has held various positions in consulting, management, business development, business analysis, education, and ROI development of PDM/PLM, supply chain management, and ERP solutions.

As a CIMdata consultant, Mr. Litjens provides in-depth analysis, strategic and tactical business planning, market and channel development, and training services to a range of IT, PLM, CAD/CAM, and ERP solution providers, systems integrators, and resellers. He also provides PLM strategy assessments, benefits analysis, system selection, education, training, and implementation planning services to a range of companies in both discrete and process manufacturing industries. Prior to joining CIMdata, Mr. Litjens held training, development, and management positions at Cap Gemini, and worked at Philips Electronics, where his responsibilities included the development and implementation of a solution for software configuration management.

Mr. Litjens holds a bachelor's degree in Computer Science from the Hogeschool Eindhoven.


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Richard W. McFall

Director, Global PLM Community
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As Director of the Global PLM Community for CIMdata, Rich McFall brings to CIMdata and his clients more than 25 years of hands-on experience across numerous PLM-related technology spaces from his work as an engineer, support analyst, applications consultant, account representative, sales manager, channel partner manager, international business development manager, and entrepreneurial business leadership consultant.

In his role with CIMdata, Mr. McFall collaborates with solution providers, their channel partners, and industrial users to identify, develop, and expand new PLM opportunities, markets, strategies, and applications. Prior to joining CIMdata, he worked for industry mindshare leaders as well as technology startups to promote new generations of solution software from early adoption through market dominance.

Mr. McFall holds a BS in Aerospace Engineering and an MSE in Engineering Mechanics.


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Cheryl Peck

Director of Marketing
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Cheryl Peck has over 30 years of project management experience and is responsible for CIMdata's marketing and customer support activities. She also manages the annual PLM Road Map conference. Cheryl joined CIMdata following the acquisition of CPDA in May, 2011. Cheryl has been associated with CPDA and its predecessor, D.H. Brown Associates, since 1997.

Previously she was head of North American Training for NatWest Markets (NatWest), a global financial services concern. Other assignments with NatWest included positions in London, San Francisco, and New York, where she managed relationships and structured transactions for that firm’s energy, insurance, and public finance clients.

Cheryl has a B.Sc. (Hons.) in Policy Studies from the University of Kent at Canterbury, and is a Chartered Associate of the Institute of Financial Services.


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Dana Nickerson

Director, Social Product Development & Collaboration Practice
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Dana Nickerson is a pioneer in developing and implementing strategies that boost product development productivity, efficiency, and innovation, and reduce supply chain costs, by utilizing information technologies. His latest endeavor is in applying social product development strategies to improve collaboration and foster better product and business decisions.

Mr. Nickerson has broad executive experience in management consulting; leading product development software groups in multinational corporations; and in developing startups. He founded a company to develop a software application and the data architecture for a leading component supplier management solution, and he led the startup for a content development entitiy for large online catalogs.

Previously at Whirlpool Corporation, Mr. Nickerson developed their PLM deployment strategy and a supply chain cost-reduction effort generating $2.7B in free cash flow over two years.


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Donald Tolle

Director, Systems Engineering & Simulation Consulting Practice
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Don Tolle is Director, Systems Engineering & Simulation Consulting Practice, for CIMdata—an internationally recognized authority on Product Lifecycle Management (PLM). Mr. Tolle brings to CIMdata and his clients more than 30 years of PLM industry experience in the disciplines of new product development and virtual product development working with global manufacturing companies in the automotive, aerospace & defense, industrial equipment, marine, consumer products, medical products, and high-tech electronics industries.

Mr. Tolle has held various management positions in the CAE and the broader PLM software and services industry involved in strategic planning and M&A, product management, software product development, product and services marketing, engineering services consulting, technology R&D, best practices development, and strategic business development. He has worked with both emerging Simulation and CAE startups as well as existing PLM mindshare leaders to evangelize their technology platforms and solutions from early adoption through market acceptance and maturity. Mr. Tolle holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from the University of Cincinnati.


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Thomas A. Gill

Practice Manager, PLM Enterprise Value & Integration
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Tom Gill has over 25 years of experience applying computer-based solutions to engineering and manufacturing. Before joining CIMdata he worked as an independent PLM consultant, after spending over 20 years at high-volume manufacturing companies.

Mr. Gill has worked on projects in numerous industries, including fabrication & assembly, food & beverage, defense, chemical, and medical devices. He has executed PLM strategy and solution evaluation-and-selection projects; deployment planning, and training development for industrial clients. He delivers solution providers competitive and technical product analyses, white papers, and case studies.

Mr. Gill led a team that developed and deployed a PLM system to manage engineering and quality processes, and has participated in enterprise system projects including RFQ management, material development, and environmental systems. He has presented papers both nationally and internationally.

Mr. Gill holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maine, and is Configuration Management certified.


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James E. McKinney

Practice Manager, PLM Leadership 
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Jim McKinney has over 28 years of experience helping people adopt and optimise new technologies. He has held positions in PLM system support, product marketing, and education; engineering design implementation; competitive analysis; consulting; and more. At CIMdata, Mr. McKinney delivers PLM certificate classes throughout Europe, Asia, and the United States. He also works with individual companies to provide customized support for their PLM initiatives.

Prior to joining CIMdata, Mr. McKinney was a competitive analyst for Dassault Systèmes and he worked for IBM, where he was in charge of all product marketing for digital manufacturing (DELMIA), sophisticated visualization solutions (3DVIA), and product data management (ENOVIA). He has been manager for CAD/CAM PLM systems at Hobart, president of CAD Professionals, and Lead CAD Support Engineer at Digital Equipment Corporation’s CAD/CAM Technology Center.

Mr. McKinney holds a BS in Design Engineering Technology, with a minor in Chinese, from Brigham Young University.


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Keith Meintjes, Ph.D.

Practice Manager, Simulation & Analysis
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Dr. Keith Meintjes has over 30 years of experience in the development and application of simulation tools to transform product development. His achievements include novel methods for combustion simulation, patents for engine design, and strategic planning for the world’s largest commercial HPC facility.

Dr. Meintjes joined CIMdata when they acquired CPDA, where he was Research Director for CAE and managed CPDA’s Design/Simulation Council. Previously, he spent nearly 30 years at General Motors.

At GM Dr. Meintjes was responsible for the engineering requirements for GM’s Global CAE IT infrastructure and was named Senior Technical Fellow. At GM Powertrain he held strategic, planning, and management positions, to embed simulation tools in the powertrain product development process. Earlier, at the GM Research Laboratories, Dr. Meintjes developed thermodynamic and CFD simulation models for engine performance and combustion, and was instrumental in GM’s acquisition of a Cray supercomputer.

Dr. Meintjes holds BSc and MSc degrees in Mechanical Engineering, with a specialty in Aeronautics, from the University of the Witwatersrand, and an MA and Ph.D. from Princeton University.


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James L. Roche

Practice Manager, Aerospace & Defense
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Jim Roche has over 30 years of experience in transformation and IT enablement of product development and manufacturing processes. He has been strategic advisor and program manager for PLM programs across the United States, Europe, and Asia.

Mr. Roche was PLM Practice Manager at CSC Consulting and at A.T. Kearney. During that period he led development and delivery of PLM offerings and consulting services for international clients in the aero, auto, consumer products, high tech, and medical devices industries.

Previously with EDS, Mr. Roche served as chief architect for General Motors’ worldwide engineering systems and as head technical negotiator for strategic supplier contracts. Earlier, Mr. Roche was a Project Manager at the GM Technical Center for advanced manufacturing-engineering programs in Computer Integrated Manufacturing, Automotive Composites, and Metal Casting.

Mr. Roche holds a BS in Physics from Worcester Polytechnic Institute; as a post-graduate he studied Mechanical Engineering and Materials Engineering at Wayne State University and the University of Rochester.


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Ken Versprille, Ph.D.

Executive Consultant
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Dr. Ken Versprille has over 35 years of experience in the application of computer-based solutions for engineering and manufacturing. He joined CIMdata after 16 years heading the Design Creation and Validation service at CPDA. His research spans geometric design, design collaboration and automation, PLM standards and openness, and the integration of CAD across PLM applications.

During 15 years at Computervision, Dr. Versprille became the equivalent of CTO, and was R&D Vice President of core applications. He was a lead architect of the CADDS 4 product, with responsibility for the initial design of Computervision’s 3D graphics system. As General Manager of CV-Doors, he led the group that introduced and managed the CAD industry’s first geometric kernel business.

Dr. Versprille received a BS in Mathematics from the University of New Hampshire. His MS and Ph.D. in Computer Science are from Syracuse University. Dr. Versprille is recognized for publishing the first description of NURBS, the mathematical curve-and-surface formulation, now an international standard in CAD and Computer Graphics. In 2005 he received a Lifetime Achievement Award by The CAD Society.


 

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