Management Team

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Roger Assaker

Roger Assaker


Dr. Assaker holds a PhD and MS in Aerospace Engineering with a strong focus on nonlinear computational mechanics where he totals more than 20 years of experience. He complemented his engineering education with an MBA in International Business and several advanced technology, business and entrepreneurship courses from prestigious universities such as MIT. In parallel to growing e-Xstream to be the world leader in advanced composite modeling, he is the Vice Chairman of NAFEMS Composite Working Group and active member of other technical material associations such as SPE and SAMPE.

John Janevic, Chief Operating Officer

John Janevic

Chief Operating Officer

As Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Janevic leverages 26 years of CAE industry experience with MSC and Mechanical Dynamics, Inc. to his responsibility for operational excellence in sales operations, service operations, customer success operations and a variety of strategic operations such as mergers and acquisitions and Technology Partner programs. In previous roles, he was Vice President of Strategic Operations, directed business analysis and strategic pricing, and held a variety of marketing and services positions. Mr. Janevic holds an M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota and a B.S. degree in Engineering Science from the University of Michigan.

Bruce Engelmann, Chief Technology Officer

Bruce Engelmann

Chief Technology Officer

Dr. Engelmann was appointed Chief Technology Officer at MSC in March 2020. He is responsible for technology leadership, research and development, and product-line related functions for design and engineering within Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence. Dr. Engelmann has been a thought leader and champion of computational science and multi-physics driven design and optimization for more than 30 years. He was elected into the National Academy of Engineering in 2018. Before joining MSC, he served as Chief Technology Officer for many years in the CAE space and was a principal in multiple technology start-ups. He graduated with a Ph.D in Applied Mechanics from Northwestern University and a BS/MS at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Mahesh Kailasam, Senior Vice President of Business Development

Mahesh Kailasam

Senior Vice President of Business Development

With over 20 years of experience in CAE across multiple industries including Automotive, Electronics, Energy, Consumer Products and Life Science Dr. Kailasam comes from Thornton Tomasetti where he drove the expansion of the Applied Science consulting practice into Life Science. Prior to that he led various successful R&D, Product Management and Industry initiatives at Dassault Systemes for well over a decade. With an M.S. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics from the University of Pennsylvania he also has a B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras.

Diego d'Udekem

Diego d'Udekem

Managing Director - Free Field Technologies an MSC Software Company

Mr. d'Udekem leads Free Field Technologies, the MSC Software company focused on acoustic, vibro-acoustic and aero-acoustic CAE. During his 12 years tenure at FFT he has occupied various management positions including head of customer support, application engineering and global business development. Mr. d'Udekem holds a master in electromechanical engineering from the Free University of Brussels (2004) and an International MBA from the Vlerick Business School (2012).

Dr. Hendrik Schafstall

Hendrik Schafstall

Managing Director, CEO, Simufact Engineering an MSC Software Company

As managing director and CEO, Dr. Schafstall is responsible for leading the company. Together with his partner Michael Wohlmuth, he founded the FEMUTEC engineering firm in May of 1995 - the modern day Simufact Engineering GmbH. Prior to the company founding, he was employed as a research associate at the Helmut-Schmidt-University of Hamburg, obtaining his doctorate researching friction models in cold massive forming. Previously, he was a mechanical engineering student at the Leibniz University of Hannover and received a diploma as a graduate engineer.

Keith Hanna, VP Marketing

Keith Hanna

Vice President, Marketing

Appointed in 2018 as Vice President of Marketing, Dr. Hanna brings over 25 years of experience in the CFD, CAE, EDA and PLM industries, spanning a wide range of global technical and marketing roles inside Siemens PLM, Mentor Graphics Corp., ANSYS Inc. and Fluent Inc. His career prior to engineering simulation included practical experience of the metallurgical and mining industry at Br. Steel and De Beers. He has both BSc and PhD engineering degrees from the University of Birmingham in England and is a respected commentator on the CFD/CAE industry, a pioneer of CFD in sport, and a former member of the Executive Committee of the International Sports Engineering Association.

Thomas Downey, Vice President, Americas

Thomas Downey

Vice President, Americas

Mr. Downey has over 30 years of experience in Product Development & Manufacturing Engineering Sales and Consulting services. He has extensive experience in building compelling value propositions in Automotive and Aerospace & Defense industries while bringing a unique perspective to the Hexagon/MSC technology and service practice. After graduating with a Bachelor Degree in Materials Science & Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University, and a Master Degree in Business also from Michigan State University, he worked in Automotive Noise & Vibration consulting and later managed sales and service teams, at Siemens PLM, for their largest Automotive & Aerospace clients. For the past 5 years, he has managed our Strategic Accounts Team that has supported some of our largest Automotive and Aerospace & Defense clients.

Kais Bouchiba, Senior Vice President, EMEA

Kais Bouchiba

Senior Vice President, EMEA

Mr. Bouchiba is an international executive known for his strategic and operational focus with 20 years of technical, sales and management experience in the CAE Software business. He joined MSC in November 1998 as the Technical Manager in France and demonstrated continuous success in his roles as French Country Manager, EMEA Technical VP, EMEA VP for the Enterprise Business and finally the VP for General Business. Mr. Bouchiba is the executive sponsor of strategic relationships with many of MSC's key customers. Prior to joining MSC, he spent 9 years with the French Ansys support Distributor where he held the position of Chief Scientist. He holds a Grandes Ecoles Award Master of Science and Engineering Degree from the National School of Electricity and Mechanics, member of the National Polytechnic Institute of Lorraine.

Takehiko Kato, President - MSC Japan

Takehiko Kato

President, MSC Japan

Mr. Kato is a pioneer in the Japanese CAE market. He has over 25 years experience in the CAE industry and over 30 years in FEM. Mr. Kato started his career with Cray Research Inc. as a Structural Analysis Specialist. During his tenure at Cray and SGI as Marketing Director, Sales Director, and Managing Director, he played a major role in shaping the HPC market in Japan. He later went on to be Executive Vice President of Engineous Software, Inc. and Representative Director/President of Engineous Japan, Inc., covering the Asia/Pacific Region where he consecutively generated more than 50% of the company's worldwide revenue. Most recently, he was the General Manager of SLM Asia/Pacific at Dassault Systemes Simulia Corp. as result of the Engineous acquisition of Dassault Systemes. Mr. Kato is often invited as keynote speaker and lecturer for various academic and industrial institutions. He holds an MS Degree from the Pennsylvania State University and was elected as a fellow member of JSME (Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers) for his contribution on Computational Mechanics and Design Engineering.

Sridhar Dharmarajan

Sridhar Dharmarajan

Executive Vice President & Managing Director - Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence India & MSC Software- Indo Pacific

Mr. Dharmarajan is responsible for the India sales operations for the Hexagon Metrology and Production Software portfolios, as well as MSC Software and Q-DAS. He also oversees the MSC Software Indo-Pacific regional business operations across India, ASEAN, Australia, and New Zealand. He joined MSC in 2007 establishing the company's first sales office in the region. Before MSC Software Corporation, he was responsible for successfully setting up the MatrixOne operations in India. Prior to MatrixOne, he worked with Wipro and SDRC (now Siemens PLM). At SDRC he was the recipient of numerous technical & sales excellence awards and played a vital role in the success of SDRC in the country. Mr. Dharmarajan completed his MS in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Science Bangalore.

ChanHyung Lee

ChanHyung Lee

Country Manager, MSC Korea

Mr. Lee has over 35 years of technical, sales, and management experience in the software and hardware business. Since joining MSC Software in 2009, he has raised MSC as a leader in the Korean CAE market. Prior to joining MSC he worked for 17 years at IBM, where he held various key positions such as Country Sales Operations Director, Branch Office Manager in Korea, Sales Director of the Central European region, and Software Brand Marketing Manager of Asia Pacific HQ. Mr. Lee holds a Ph.D. at Soongsil University in IT policy management, an MBA from Sogang University, and a Bachelor's Degree at Yonsei University in Business Administration.

Jeffrey Graff

Jeffrey Graff

Vice President, Customer Success

As Vice President of Customer Success, Mr. Graff brings more than 20 years of experience in the area of customer support and learning solutions with MSC and Mechanical Dynamics, Inc. Early in his career, after serving in engineering sales support and consulting services roles, he became leader of technical support and educational services division. Focusing on people, processes, and technology to better serve our customers, he effectively manages a global engineering team with best-in-class customer satisfaction that leverages knowledge capture and re-use, optimization of resources through automated routing engines, and modern learning techniques such as self-paced e-Learning with integrated community-based support. He also manages the company's Voice of the Customer program and associated initiatives. Mr. Graff holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University with emphasis in the field of computer-aided engineering.

John Coster

John Coster

Vice President, Product Development

Mr. Coster holds PhD and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering with a background in computational mechanics and optimization research. After a career in academia, he joined HKS (later renamed Abaqus and Dassault Systemes Simulia) to work on the development of the Abaqus product line. In 2012, he joined MSC Software where he led development of the Apex products up until 2019 when he was appointed VP, Product Development.

Hugues Jeancolas, VP, Product Management

Hugues Jeancolas

Vice President, Product Management

With over 20 years working in Strategy, Product Management, and Product Marketing roles in North America and Europe, Mr. Jeancolas brings extensive domain knowledge of Virtual Product Prototyping solutions, Product Life-cycle Management (PLM), Computer Aided Design (CAD), and Computer Aided Engineering (CAE). Mr. Jeancolas received a Mechanical Engineering Diploma from the University of Technology of Compiegne, France in 2000 and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Houston in 2001. He started his career at HKS, Inc renamed Abaqus, Inc, later acquired by Dassault Systemes and joined MSC Software in 2012. As the Vice President for Product Management, he is responsible for MSC's product portfolio and the company's strategic product planning process.

Shahdad Zand, General Counsel, VP and Secretary

Shahdad Zand

General Counsel, Vice President and Secretary

Mr. Zand oversees legal affairs at MSC Software and has served as in-house counsel at MSC Software since 2001. He joined MSC Software through the acquisition of a technology integrator where he served as General Counsel from 1999 through 2001. Mr. Zand earned his Juris Doctor degree, summa cum laude, from Whittier Law School. He also holds an MBA from University of Southern California Marshall School of Business where he graduated with Beta Gamma Sigma honors.

Bernhard Mueller-Bessler

Bernhard Mueller-Bessler

Managing Director, VIRES Simulationstechnologie GmbH an MSC Software Company

Mr. Mueller-Bessler owns almost 20 years of automotive experience in particular in the field of ADAS and Autonomous Driving. He used to work 10 years for Volkswagen and Audi supporting the development of self-driving cars from a technical point of view. He cofounded a startup in the domain of autonomous operations to enable smart infrastructure. He also helped Synopsys to widen up its footprint within automotive chip development. He now supports Hexagon, MSC and VIRES to improve its automotive and autonomous portfolio within virtual testing and early software development.