Rick STURGEON is a Senior Director in Dassault Systemes Transportation & Mobility Industry. He provides strategic direction for Products and Services focused on improving 3DEXPERIENCE for our customers. He is primarily focused on Automotive Mobility, Electrification, and Autonomous Validation.
Before joining Dassault Systemes, Sturgeon served as Executive Director of Global Engineering Operations at Johnson Controls. In this position, he managed the global engineering operations function supporting the Global Seating, Interiors, & Electronics product development teams with ID models, CAD, CAE, PLM, release, change control, physical prototypes, validation tests, operational six sigma, lean development process flow, offshore centers, and engineering metrics.
He also held positions at General Motors Corporation as Director of Global IT Operations, where he was responsible for all IT operations, infrastructure vendor sourcing, infrastructure project rollouts, and IT Security for General Motors globally; Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the Cummins Engine Company; and Vice President of Information Technology (CIO) at General Instruments (Motorola).
He earned degrees in Electrical Engineering and Chemical Engineering from the Ohio State University and is a Registered Professional Engineer.
Jerome RETIF had several experiences in France and overseas, before he joined Dassault Systèmes 10 years ago in Paris Headquarters’ Marketing & Events division, to support global teams.
Based in Singapore since 2012, he supported the development of Educational and Research programs, to build a strong pipeline of skillful engineers across Asia Pacific South.
Supported by an extensive network of local Industry partners, he has managed Sales & Customer success across most ASEAN countries as well as Australia and New Zealand.
For the past 40 years, Dassault Systèmes has spearheaded many technology breakthroughs that have had a profound impact on businesses and society.
With a presence in 11 industries, Dassault Systèmes and its ASIA operation deliver a cutting-edge virtual universe to enhance products and business processes, while contributing to sustainability goals.
Holding a Master’s degree in Business Management from La Rochelle Business School, Jerome graduated with majors in Marketing, International Business Development, and Logistics.
Arun RAO was appointed as Senior Director – 3DS Customer Process Experience – CPE, Dassault Systèmes, Asia Pacific South and has been managing the Channel Business since 2021. As Geo Channel Leader, his mission is to design, build and execute channel business by driving sales through Valued Added Re-sellers (VAR); and he works closely with Geo MD to develop the 3DS AP South Geo vision embracing the Geo landscape by proposing business strategy and execution plan. Arun is also part of the core team in 3DS AP South responsible for developing Dassault Systèmes APS business policy in line with the market opportunities considering the company’s mission to partner in the digital transformation and growth agenda of the region.
Arun is a Global Professional with an International career spanning over 26 years in the field of Engineering, Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), and Manufacturing technology solutions to varied industry segments worldwide. Has a well-rounded experience in leading teams in Product Sales as well as Software Product Development. He has held a variety of management positions within Dassault Systèmes over his career spanning 25 years in DS. His responsibilities span the areas of Business Development, R&D, Operations Management, Strategic Planning, marketing, and Customer Relationship Management. Arun has worked closely and developed close business relationships with numerous customers of DS in North America, Europe, and the Asia Pacific.
As part of the DS India Sales team for over a decade, he worked closely with many Industry Captains in the region by assisting them in overseeing technology improvement initiatives, aligning information services with business goals, maximizing productivity, and introducing system efficiencies.
During his stint in Software Development, he was Product Manager of Robotics Applications suite of products from Dassault Systèmes – DELMIA brand. Additionally, he was responsible for several strategic customer deployments to ensure success and whose influence and ideas drive the future of Dassault Systèmes solutions.
Arun is a graduate of Bangalore University with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Mr. Matthias MEIENHOFER graduated with a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Hochschule für Technik Rapperswil in Switzerland, after completing his Master's Thesis at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.
In 2016, after his studies, he moved to Singapore and started working as an Antenna Designer for a large company within the Hi-Tech/Medical Devices sector. He is currently working for Dassault Systemes, as a consultant for Electromagnetic Simulation, covering AP South.