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Dr. Ajei S. Gopal President and Chief Executive Officer

Ajei S. Gopal has been our President and Chief Executive Officer since January 2017. From August 2016 through December 2016, Dr. Gopal was our President and Chief Operating Officer. He has been a member of the Company’s Board of Directors since February 2011. From April 2013 until he joined ANSYS, Dr. Gopal was an operating partner at Silver Lake. From 2011 until 2013, he was senior vice president at Hewlett Packard. Prior to that, Dr. Gopal was executive vice president at CA Technologies, which he joined in 2006. From 2004 to 2006, he was with Symantec Corporation, where he served as executive vice president and chief technology officer. Earlier, Dr. Gopal served as chief executive officer and a member of the Board of Directors of ReefEdge Networks, a company he co-founded in 2000. Before that, he worked at IBM from 1991 to 2000, initially at IBM Research and later in IBM’s Software Group. He began his career as a member of the technical staff at Bell Communications Research. Dr. Gopal has a doctorate in computer science from Cornell University and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. His background in both technology and senior management of large software and technology companies, along with his experience in global operations and business development, provide significant insight for the Company.

Maria T. Shields Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Maria T. Shields has been our Chief Financial Officer and Vice President, Finance and Administration since September 1998. Previously, she served as our Corporate Controller since September 1994 and as a Vice President since May 1998. Prior to joining the Company, Ms. Shields held various positions as a CPA with Deloitte and Touche LLP, including that of Audit Manager. Ms. Shields serves as a Director of the First National Bank Pittsburgh Community Board and as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Anglican Diocese of Pittsburgh. Ms. Shields holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Pennsylvania State University.

Rick Mahoney Vice President, Worldwide Sales and Customer Excellence

Rick Mahoney joined ANSYS as the Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Customer Excellence in December 2016. He brings a wealth of experience in sales leadership, business management, operations and technical roles, most recently as senior vice president, design enablement and international sales, at GlobalFoundries. While there, he led a global engineering team and was responsible for multiple billions of dollars in international sales. Prior to that, he had a long successful career at Cadence Design Systems, starting as a software developer and architect then eventually advancing to senior vice president of worldwide field operations with responsibility for worldwide sales, field application engineering, customer support and sales operations.

Mark Hindsbo Vice President and General Manager

Mark Hindsbo joined ANSYS as the Vice President of Marketing in June 2015. As of April 2017, Mark became our Vice President and General Manager, Design and Platform Business Unit. He brings a broad set of business and technical experiences across sales, marketing, business strategy, software development, and physics. Most recently he was the Sr. Vice President of Customer Success at Parallels. He spent over 10 years at Microsoft in roles ranging from General Manager in the Server and Tools business group, to Vice President of the Developer business in the US. Prior to this he was at The Boston Consulting Group, co-founded an interactive marketing agency, and did scientific computing at Novo Nordisk. He holds a Master of Science from the Technical University of Denmark and has done nuclear research at CERN.

Fernando Esquivel Vice President, Human Resources

Fernando Esquivel joined ANSYS as the Vice President of Human Resources in May of 2016. He brings more than 20 years of experience in Human Resources. Fernando started his career at Procter & Gamble in Mexico City and later in his career he moved to leadership roles working for Microsoft, Eaton Corporation and Mylan Inc. He has led organizations in Latin America, Asia Pacific and at a global level. Most recently, he was a Partner at Boyden global executive search. He holds a MBA from Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey. He graduated as a Mechanical and Electrical Engineer from the same university in Mexico City.

Matt Zack Vice President, Business Development and Corporate Marketing

Matt Zack joined ANSYS as the Vice President of Business Development and Corporate Marketing in April 2017. He is a seasoned industry veteran with decades of experience, most recently as senior corporate development executive at SAP. In that role, he identified targets, executed transactions and delivered on the business cases for shareholders. Previously, he served as the executive vice president and chief financial officer of Ariba, leading corporate development and human resources. He was part of the management team that transformed Ariba to the cloud, fueling its growth and a nearly 400 percent increase in share price. Before joining Ariba, he headed corporate development at FreeMarkets and served in various consulting roles at Accenture.