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Dr. Ajei S. Gopal, President and Chief Executive Officer

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Dr. Gopal has been serving as the Company’s President and CEO since January 2017. From August 2016 through December 2016, Dr. Gopal served as the Company’s President and Chief Operating Officer. He was appointed as an independent member of the Company’s Board of Directors in 2011, and served in that capacity until his employment by the Company as of August 2016. From April 2013 until he joined the Company, 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 from 2006. From 2004 to 2006, he worked for Symantec Corporation, where he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer. Earlier, Dr. Gopal served as CEO and a member of the board 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.

Rick Mahoney, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales and Customer Excellence

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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.

Maria T. Shields, Senior Vice President, Finance & Administration and Chief Financial Officer

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Maria T. Shields has been our Chief Financial Officer and Senior 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 holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Pennsylvania State University.

Janet Lee, Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary

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Janet Lee joined Ansys as Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary in June 2017. She brings over 25 years of legal experience in international technology, finance, intellectual property transactions, litigation and risk management. From 2010 to 2017 she was General Counsel/Vice President, Legal & Intellectual Property for HERE North America. From 2007 to 2010 she was the Director of Nokia Research Center, Legal & Intellectual Property. She served as Assistant General Counsel for America Online, Inc., from 1999 to 2007. Lee was an attorney at Cooley Godward LLP from 1996 to 1999. From 1995 to 1996 she was General Counsel to the Renaissance Capital Group. She was an attorney for Clifford Chance from 1993 to 1995, and for Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison from 1991 to 1993. Lee is a graduate of Stanford Law School.

Shane Emswiler, Senior Vice President, Products

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Shane Emswiler, who joined Ansys as a result of the Ansoft acquisition in 2008, is the senior vice president of products. He has been in the simulation industry for more than 15 years, bringing significant experience to his current role. He previously led the Physics Business Unit and before that, the Electronics Business Unit, after transitioning from chief financial officer of Ansoft. 

Dr. Prith Banerjee, Chief Technology Officer

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Dr. Prith Banerjee is the Chief Technology Officer of Ansys. He is responsible for leading the evolution of Ansys’ Technology strategy and will champion the company’s next phase of innovation and growth.

Previously, he was Senior Client Partner at Korn Ferry where he was responsible for IOT and Digital Transformation in the Global Industrial Practice. Prior to that, he was Executive Vice President, Chief Technology Officer of Schneider Electric. Previously, he was Managing Director of Global Technology Research and Development at Accenture. Formerly, he was Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President of ABB, a power and automation company in Zurich, Switzerland. Earlier, he was Senior Vice President of Research at HP and Director of HP Labs.

Formerly, he was Dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Formerly, he was the Walter P. Murphy Professor and Chairman of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Northwestern University. Prior to that, he was Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In 2000, he founded AccelChip, a developer of products for electronic design automation, which was acquired by Xilinx Inc. in 2006. During 2005-2011, he was Founder, Chairman and Chief Scientist of BINACHIP Inc., a developer of products in electronic design automation. His research interests are in electronic design automation, and parallel computing, and he is the author of about 350 research papers in journals and conferences.

He was listed in the FastCompany list of 100 top business leaders in 2009. He is a Fellow of the AAAS, ACM and IEEE, and a recipient of the 1996 ASEE Terman Award and the 1987 NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award. He received a B.Tech. (President's Gold Medalist) in electronics engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana.

Matt Zack, Vice President, Corporate Development and Global Partnerships

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Matt Zack joined Ansys in April 2017 and is currently the Vice President, Corporate Development and Global Partnerships. 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.

Julie Murphy, Vice President, Human Resources

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Julie Murphy joined Ansys as Vice President, Human Resources in August 2019. Prior to joining Ansys, Murphy was the Chief Human Resources Officer for Tradesmen International, a construction labor support company, where she transformed human resources to a strategic competency with modern HR information tools and technology, implemented a corporate talent acquisition team and aligned total rewards with business objectives. She previously worked for such companies as Westinghouse, Heinz, Blue Cross Blue Shield and PWC, where she led business improvements through large-scale culture change, organizational transformation and business process reengineering.

Nicole Anasenes, Senior Vice President

Nicole Anasenes has been Senior Vice President of the Company since December 8, 2020. From 2018 until December 7, 2020, Ms. Anasenes was a member of the Company’s Board of Directors and its Audit Committee. From 2016 until March 2020, she served as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer of Squarespace, Inc., which sells subscription software to help customers establish and manage their online brands and businesses. From 2013 to 2015, she served as Chief Financial Officer of Infor, a cloud application software company. Before joining Infor, from 2002 to 2013, she worked at IBM in various leadership positions in corporate finance, M&A and market development. Her roles spanned hardware, software and services and included driving businesses in both mature and emerging markets. Anasenes is Chair of the Audit Committee and on the Board of Trustees of AnitaB.org, a nonprofit organization focused on driving intersectional gender and pay parity in tech. Anasenes graduated from New York University with a B.S. in Economics and International Business and earned an M.B.A. from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.