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Bernard Charlès > Speaker > Dassault Systèmes®
Bernard CHARLÈS
Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer - Dassault Systèmes
Bernard Charlès > Speaker > Dassault Systèmes®
Bernard CHARLÈS
Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer - Dassault Systèmes

With the pandemic, we could clearly see what makes a difference when it comes to sustainable business and innovation: a deep purpose, the platform phenomenon and the quality of human relationships. We believe that experience is relationship and we’re bringing the 3DEXPERIENCE platform as a relationship platform -your environment to create inclusive, intelligent, measured and continuous relationships with your entire value network.

Bernard CHARLÈS has been working as the CEO of Dassault Systèmes since 1995 and as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors since 2016. He started his career in the company in 1983 to develop new design technologies. In 1986, he founded a dedicated New Technologies, Research and Strategy department, and in 1988 was appointed President of Strategy, Research and Development.

CHARLÈS has helped instill a culture of ongoing innovation to further consolidate Dassault Systèmes’ scientific capabilities and make science part of the company’s DNA. The inspiration behind digital mock-up, product lifecycle management and 3DEXPERIENCE®, he firmly believes that 3D technology is about making possible the impossible: 3D universes are the most powerful vehicle for testing concepts and creating the future, bringing dream and reality together, and stretching the limits of science and imagination to drive progress in society. CHARLÈS has positioned Dassault Systèmes as the preferred partner for innovation, empowering businesses with sustainable step-changes in competitive performance. The company, established in 1981 and world leader in 3D software, has been recognized as the world's most sustainable corporation by Corporate Knights and one of Forbes’ ""The World’s Most Innovative Companies"". Bernard CHARLÈS is a member of the Board of Directors of Sanofi. He is a foreign member of the US National Academy of engineering and a member of the French Academy of Technology.

He holds the rank of Officer in the “Légion d’honneur” (French Legion of Honor). He is a graduate of the Ecole Normale Supérieure engineering school in Cachan and has a PhD in mechanical engineering majoring in automation engineering and information science. He also holds an agrégation — the most senior teaching qualification achievable in France (specializing in mechanical engineering).

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Florence VERZELEN > Speaker > Dassault Systèmes®
Florence VERZELEN
Executive Vice President, Industry, Marketing & Sustainability - Dassault Systèmes
Florence VERZELEN > Speaker > Dassault Systèmes®
Florence VERZELEN
Executive Vice President, Industry, Marketing & Sustainability - Dassault Systèmes

Florence VERZELEN started her career as a financial analyst in investment banking in New York. She then acquired more than 5-year experience in the public sector: she worked in the European Commission in Brussels where she has been responsible for the trade relationships between EU and China, and thereafter of the antitrust case against Microsoft. 

She joined the team of the French Minister of European Affairs, as his advisor on trade and industry issue in 2007.

From 2008 to 2017, she worked at Engie, a world leader in the energy sector. She was first in charge of Business Development for the Group, then became CEO of Engie in Qatar and later VP for the group procurement performance plan. She finally was appointed COO of Engie Europe and Russia. 

She is also an experienced board member, with board position at PSA and currently at Air France. Florence has been nominated Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum in 2013. Florence is a graduate of Ecole Polytechnique / Corps des Mines.

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