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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Software Industry Veteran, David Ford, Joins CIMdata as Chief Operating Officer

ANN ARBOR, Michigan, 13 February 2018—CIMdata, Inc., the leading global product lifecycle management (PLM) strategic management consulting and research firm, announces the hiring of Mr. David Ford. Mr. Ford joins CIMdata as its Chief Operating Officer reporting to CIMdata's President, Mr. Peter Bilello.

Over his 30-year career, Mr. Ford has served in various roles at Automatic Data Processing (ADP), Mentor Graphics, and Autodesk. He's developed world-class CAD software, acquired and integrated technology and service companies, and created strategic partnerships with companies such as Apple, Dell, Lenovo, and Alcoa.

Mr. Bilello stated, "David brings depth and experience in defining strategy, operations, and knowledge in Manufacturing, AEC, and Media/Entertainment industries. I am excited to announce this strategic addition to the CIMdata management team and envision that David will start contributing immediately."

Mr. Ford served as Engineering Director for Autodesk Inventor, opened the company's first remote R&D office in Shanghai, China, while managing product development teams around the globe. In addition to product experience, Mr. Ford managed Business Development for Autodesk's Manufacturing Division, drove strategic planning, communications and operations, and created key partnerships.

Mr. Ford commented, "I'm thrilled to join the CIMdata team as we take the company to the next level. CIMdata's successful history and sterling reputation as an independent voice and leader in PLM sets us apart. It uniquely positions us to help our customers navigate the rapid change happening with advanced manufacturing, AI, and IoT."

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