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Some big changes are coming within Dassault Systèmes‘ Executive Committee as Philippe Forestier, Executive Vice President, Global Affairs and Communities and a founding member of Dassault Systèmes plans to retire next month. In addition, Monica Menghini, Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy Officer, will resign for family reasons. Their departures will both be effective February 28.

Pascal Daloz

Taking the position of Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Strategy Officer, effective February 5th, will be Pascal Daloz, currently Executive Vice President, Brands and Corporate Development. Daloz joined Dassault in 2001 and was promoted to Vice President, Strategy and Business Development in 2003. He became Executive Vice President, Strategy & Marketing in 2007, and was named Executive Vice President, Corporate Strategy and Market Development in 2010. Prior to joining Dassault, he worked for Credit Suisse. He is a graduate of the École des Mines de Paris. Daloz has also contributed to several books on innovation, including Strategic Management of Innovation and Design, La métamorphose numérique and Les bureaux d’études. In 2010, he was awarded the Hermès de l’Innovation prize for human relations in the workplace.

“These changes in our Executive Committee will support the next phase of development of Dassault Systèmes as the 3DEXPERIENCE company,” said Bernard Charlès, Vice Chairman and CEO, Dassault Systèmes. “Pascal possesses a wide range of talents that are important ingredients for his new position as Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Strategy Officer, particularly at a company such as Dassault Systèmes. He has had a long involvement in our strategy definition and brings a deep understanding of our Brands and the value they represent, individually and together as part of our industry solution experiences. In combination, he is the right person to lead our holistic, growth-centric strategy at this current juncture.”

Florence Verzelen

Stepping into the role of Executive Vice President, Industry Solutions, Marketing, Global Affairs and Communications is Florence Verzelen, whose appointment was effective January 15th. Her career spans nearly two decades of international business and global affairs experience and leadership, beginning in 2002 at the at the Société Générale Investment Bank. She then worked at the European Commission from 2004 to 2007, followed by a stint as an Advisor for the Secretary of State of European Affairs. She then joined the Engie Group where she has been Deputy Director of Engie Europe, in charge of Operations, Business Development and Innovation and Managing Director of Engie Russia since 2015. Verzelen is also an independent director on the Board of Directors of Air France, and was named Young Global Leader of the Economic Forum in 2013.

“I am pleased to announce that Florence Verzelen has joined Dassault Systèmes as Executive Vice President, Industry Solutions, Marketing, Global Affairs and Communication effective January 15, 2018,” said Charlès. “Florence will extensively exploit the Industry approach to increase value to clients and sharpen our strategy by further connecting Industry / Marketing / Workforce of the Future and public affairs.”

Thibault de Tersant

Thibault de Tersant, currently Senior Executive Vice President and CFO, will take over the position of General Secretary effective February 5th. De Tersant has been in the position of CFO since 1988, and during his tenure has led the company to growth in revenue and earnings for 21 out of its 22 years as a public company.

“In Thibault’s new role, his knowledge, developed during thirty years of being our CFO, will be instrumental to shape the corporate structure of tomorrow, reflecting our evolution to a platform company to serve both People in Business and Business by People,” said Charlès. “In addition he will work on our business model strategy, Ethics & Compliance, and La Fondation Dassault Systèmes.”

Both Forestier and Menghini made significant contributions to Dassault Systèmes during their time with the company, contributions that will continue to shape Dassault’s direction even after they have left their respective positions.

Monica Menghini speaks at Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE Forum in October. [Image: Sarah Goehrke]

“Finally, I would like to recognize Philippe Forestier, Executive Vice President, Global Affairs & Communities, who is retiring, and Monica Menghini, Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy Officer, who is resigning for family reasons,” said Charlès. “As a founding member of Dassault Systèmes, Philippe has played a key role in the decisive moves that enabled the Company to transition from start-up to global leader. He has been a passionate ambassador of Dassault Systèmes and contributed to the Company’s influence in the industrial, corporate, scientific, educational and cultural spheres. Monica, working together with me, has guided the translation of Dassault Systèmes’ vision into a unique value proposition as the 3DEXPERIENCE company.”

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