Bernard Charlès was appointed president and chief executive officer of Dassault Systèmes in September 1995. Today, the Company, world leader in 3D software, is a global top-ten software company.
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. He joined Dassault Systèmes in 1983 to develop new design technologies. In 1986 he founded a dedicated New Technologies, Research & Development, and Strategy department. In 1988 he was appointed president of Strategy, Research & Development, helping establish CATIA as the world’s number one product design software.
A firm believer that technology should contribute to progress in society, Charlès has positioned Dassault Systèmes as the preferred partner for innovation, empowering businesses with sustainable step-changes in competitive performance.
In 1989, he was part of the inspiration behind digital mock-up (DMU), allowing design engineers to produce full-blown 3D models of products. He had become member of the Board of Directors in 1993. And in 1995, he initiated the DMU of the Boeing 777, the world’s first all-digital designed aircraft. In 1996, Charlès orchestrated the flotation of Dassault Systèmes on the stock market, providing a strong and stable platform for growth, and became member of the Board of Directors.
In 1997, he expanded and strengthened Dassault Systèmes’ commercial footprint with the acquisition of SolidWorks to serve businesses large and small. The Company also resumed control of its entire distribution network in 2010, which had previously been in the hands of IBM.
In 1999, Charlès pioneered the concept of product lifecycle management (PLM), extending the concept of the digital mock-up (DMU) to the entire lifecycle of a product. To support the Company’s PLM strategy, he embarked on a series of key acquisitions and brand creation: ENOVIA in 1998, DELMIA in 2000 and SIMULIA in 2005.
In 2012, Charlès announced the launch of the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform, broadening the scope of digitization and simulation to include the consumer experience. Dassault Systèmes rounded out its portfolio with social innovation and information intelligence applications (3DSWYM, EXALEAD and NETVIBES), and at the same time ventured into more diversified sectors, notably with GEOVIA to model and simulate the planet we live on. He also provided the impetus for Dassault Systèmes to develop B2C applications such as 3DVIA and experiential 3D marketing projects (including Paris3D Saga and Khufu Reborn).
These strategic developments reflect Charlès’ firm belief that 3D universes open up new frontiers in innovation, and that imagining sustainable innovations capable of harmonizing product, nature and life is the only way that business, science and society can co-exist in the future.
Bernard Charlès holds the rank of Knight (2005) and Officer (2012) in the “Légion d’Honneur” (French Legion of Honor) and is a member of the French Academy of Technology. 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).
Bernard Charlès was born and grew up in Brittany, France. He and his wife have five children.
Patrick Johnson is SrVP Corporate Science & Research at Dassault Systèmes. His mission is to define the scientific bases of the company’s solutions and invent disruptive technologies for the Industry Renaissance.
After joining in 1996, he held various positions in R&D, from Product Lifecycle Management foundations to product design for the CATIA flagship brand. In 2001, leading the Artificial Intelligence department, he contributed to important new practices now adopted in the industry for knowledge & know-how capture and automation.
Head of Research in 2004, he initiated many strategic technologies, resulting in key innovative products and patents and significantly grew the innovation ecosystem promoting multiple public/private partnerships with prestigious research institutes.
Finally, he launched a new diversification field for the company, with the BioIntelligence European research program, resulting in an innovative modeling, simulation and big data application suite for the life sciences sector, and the creation of the BIOVIA brand.
Mr. Johnson is based at 3DS world headquarters near Paris and is a member of the National Academy of Technology as well as of the scientific board of INRIA.
Frances Arnold is the Linus Pauling Professor of Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering and Biochemistry at the California Institute of Technology. Arnold pioneered directed enzyme evolution, for which she was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2018; she has used directed evolution to solve problems in alternative energy, chemicals, and medicine. Arnold received the Charles Stark Draper Prize of the US National Academy of Engineering in 2011, the US National Medal of Technology and Innovation from President Obama in 2013, and the Millennium Technology Prize in 2016. She has been elected to the US National Academies of Science, Medicine, and Engineering and was appointed to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences in 2019. She co-founded three companies in sustainable chemistry and renewable energy (Gevo, Provivi, Aralez Bio) and serves on several private and public company boards, including Alphabet and Illumina. Arnold earned a B.S. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.
Dr. Hoganson is an Assistant in Cardiac Surgery, Department of Cardiac Surgery at Boston Children’s Hospital, and is an Instructor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School. His clinical focus is on neonates and children with congenital heart disease. Dr. Hoganson is active in the cardiac assist device and heart and lung transplant programs. He has co-lead development of patient-specific 3D modeling and computational flow modeling of complex cardiac disease for improved pre-operative planning and intraoperative guidance. The clinical modeling group has started a clinical consult service providing modeling services for the patient in the heart center. His lab also focuses on the development of medical devices to improve the safety and effectiveness of cardiac surgery. He is board-certified in Thoracic Surgery and Congenital Heart Surgery. Dr. Hoganson has a background in engineering and industry experience developing cardiovascular medical devices prior to medical school. He graduated from the Temple University School of Medicine in 2004 and completed his general surgery residency and CT fellowship at the Washington University in St. Louis, and completed a congenital cardiac surgery fellowship at the Boston Children’s Hospital in 2016.
Dr. Eytan Abraham heads Lonza Personalized Medicine, which focuses on developing and bringing to market solutions that enable research and development, scale-out, and commercialization of patient scale cell therapies, with an emphasis on decentralized and point of care manufacturing.
Prior to this Eytan led Lonza’s Cell and Viral Therapy R&D for five years, focusing on developing manufacturing solutions for the Cell and Gene therapy continuum.
Prior to Lonza, Dr. Abraham was head of therapeutic pipeline development at Pluristem Therapeutics, developing stem cell therapies for cardiovascular indications.
Dr. Abraham holds a Ph.D. in developmental and molecular biology from the University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute, and a post-doctorate in cell therapy and tissue engineering from the Harvard-MIT Biomedical Engineering Center and Harvard Medical School.
Guru Madhavan is the Norman R. Augustine Senior Scholar and Senior Director of Programs of the National Academy of Engineering where he leads and oversees activities of broad scope and complexity focused on engineering practice, education, research, communication, and policies. His portfolio of work at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has included leading the analyses for making prescription medicines affordable and developing a national strategy for cancer control in the U.S., directing a global health forum on infectious diseases, and conducting the research, design, and development of a systems analysis platform for prioritizing new vaccines and related interventions.
A systems engineer by background, he received his M.S. and Ph.D. in biomedical engineering and an M.B.A. from the State University of New York. He has served as a technical adviser to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has worked in the medical device industry as a research scientist developing cardiac surgical catheters for ablation therapy, and has been a strategic consultant for technology startup firms and nonprofit organizations. He has served as a vice-president of IEEE-USA and was a founding member of the Global Young Academy. Among numerous honors, he has received the National Academies’ Innovator Award, National Academy of Medicine’s Cecil Medal, AAMI–Becton Dickinson Award for Professional Achievement, Washington Academy of Sciences’ Krupsaw Award for engineering sciences and education, and has been named a distinguished young scientist by the World Economic Forum.
His publications include the nonfiction "Applied Minds: How Engineers Think" (W.W. Norton) that has been translated into many languages. For his books and lectures, he has received the IEEE-USA Award for Distinguished Literary Contributions Furthering Public Understanding and the Advancement of the Engineering Profession. He is an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.
David leads Amcor’s global sustainability agenda. He works closely with the global packaging company’s research-and-development and innovation functions to integrate sustainable design and social responsibility into Amcor’s product development and innovation processes. He is active in Amcor’s global sustainability partnerships with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, Ocean Conservancy, and others. He leads the company’s program to achieve its Global Commitment to develop all of its packaging to be recyclable or reusable by 2025, to increase the use of recycled content, and collaborate to drive up rates of recycling around the world.
Frédéric graduated as a mechanical engineer and began his career working in Japan for Airbus for 5 years. In 1998 he joined Dassault Systèmes to lead the partnership & alliances programs. Since 2015 Fred has been the Head of Innovation and created the 3DEXPERIENCE Lab, an open innovation lab accelerating disruptive innovations that gives a strong positive impact on society. Fred was also a Board Member at the CapDigital French digital cluster and an advisory board member at Ilumens.
Prof. Neil Gershenfeld is the Director of MIT's Center for Bits and Atoms, where his unique laboratory is breaking down boundaries between the digital and physical worlds, from pioneering quantum computing to digital fabrication to the Internet of Things. Technology from his lab has been seen and used in settings including New York's Museum of Modern Art and rural Indian villages, the White House and the World Economic Forum, inner-city community centers and automobile safety systems, Las Vegas shows and Sami herds. He is the author of numerous technical publications, patents, and books including Designing Reality, Fab, When Things Start To Think, The Nature of Mathematical Modeling, and The Physics of Information Technology, and has been featured in media such as The New York Times, The Economist, NPR, CNN, and PBS. He's been called the intellectual father of the maker movement, founding a growing global network of over one thousand fab labs that provide widespread access to prototype tools for personal fabrication, directing the Fab Academy for distributed research and education in the principles and practices of digital fabrication, and chairing the Fab Foundation.
Sébastien Flichy has over 20 years of experience in managing and developing activities in large industrial groups. In the last 13 years, he has worked for Veolia in different regional and national roles across France. His current focus is on the development of new solutions to help Veolia customers to reduce their environmental impact. Those solutions vary from eco-design services to the development of carbon-free solutions for industry.
David Fajenbaum, MD, MBA, MSc, is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Associate Director of the Penn Orphan Disease Center, Founding Director of the Center for Cytokine Storm Treatment & Laboratory (CSTL), and Executive Director of the Castleman Disease Collaborative Network (CDCN). He is also the national bestselling author of 'Chasing My Cure: A Doctor's Race to Turn Hope Into Action' (http://www.ChasingMyCure.com) and a patient battling idiopathic multicentric Castleman disease (iMCD). One of the youngest individuals ever appointed to the faculty at Penn Medicine and one of the top 1 percent youngest grant awardees of a leading NIH grant, Dr. Fajenbaum leads multiple basic, translational, and clinical research studies at Penn and is in his longest remission ever thanks to a precision treatment that he identified, which had never been used before for iMCD. Dr. Fajgenbaum has been profiled in a cover story by The New York Times as well as by Good Morning America, CNN, and The Today Show.
Raymond Russell is Head of Sustainability and Environment at Boom Supersonic. He manages Boom’s sustainability partnerships and ensures that Boom incorporates environmental considerations into all key decisions, from corporate practices to the design of Overture, Boom’s flagship commercial airliner. Raymond is a member of the International Civil Aviation Organization technical working groups on noise and emissions, helping evaluate potential new aviation environmental standards. Raymond was previously at Google Policy Fellow and holds degrees in physics and economics from the University of Washington.
Marijana Novak is Circle Economy's Data Strategist. She is responsible for building the information architecture for the organization's digital products and research. She works alongside technical and knowledge partners to design and develop the data and knowledge platforms, frameworks, and content and additionally is rallying a global community to power those platforms. Marijana has a background in Actuarial Science, Sustainable Finance, and risk modelling using big data for real estate, the built environment and the economy. She has been active in the circular economy research field for over 7 years and develops & supports circular ventures alongside her day-to-day.
Mr. Roux holds a language degree from Catholic University and a business degree from Ecole Superieure de Commerce in Grenoble, France.
He started his career in 1989 in the CAD-CAM Market as Sales Engineer & Sales Director selling Computer-Aided Machining and Shopfloor solution for CncMachines. He then joined TECNOMATIX in 1996, specialized in Manufacturing Processes Simulation, and occupied the position of Managing Director in UK & Sweden. He joined Exain 2001 as managing director for Southern and Western Europe. In April 2003 Mr. Roux assumed the position of President of European Operations and in 2014 became also responsible for the Global Aerospace activity within Exa.
Since April 2018 and after the acquisition of Exaby Dassault Systemesin November 2017, Jean-Paul leads the Sales Operation for EMEAR / INDIA for SIMULIA.
Simon HUFFETEAU leads the Construction, Cities and Territories Industry organization of Dassault Systèmes, a European multinational software company that develops 3D design, 3D digital mock-up, and product lifecycle management solutions.
He is responsible for the solutions and worldwide strategy for the architecture, engineering, and construction sector, utilities, as well as cities, and territorial authorities.
Mr. HUFFETEAU joined Dassault Systèmes in 2014 in Boston, where he was in charge of the business consulting for the Energy sector. Prior to that, Mr. HUFFETEAU worked for the French Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN) as the head of a regional office.
Mr. HUFFETEAU holds a Master of Public Administration and a Master of Science in Applied Mathematics from the École des Ponts ParisTech and a Master of Science from the École Polytechnique.