In an interesting development, European AEC software giant leader, Nemetschek AG has announced new board roles for two CEOs of subsidiary companies, Graphisoft SE of Hungary and Nemetschek Vectorworks, Inc. of the United States.
Spanning more than 47 combined years at both companies, Viktor Varkonyi of Graphisoft and Sean Flaherty both bring strong software industry expertise and strong leadership to the new Executive Management Team.
Securing Leadership & Directing Vision
The company announcement states that The Nemetschek Group is committed to securing a leadership position in the AECO (Architectural, Engineering, Construction, and Operations) and design industry and plans to leverage current growth opportunities resulting from the rapid changes in technology and the digitalization of building processes.
Varkonyi and Flaherty will be additions to the Supervisory Board of Nemetschek AG setting direction towards achieving the goals of the group. As Senior Vice Presidents of Nemetschek AG, they will be responsible for defining and executing the Nemetschek Group strategy, mission and vision in the global AECO and design markets.
Both CEOs have been with their respective software companies for more than two decades and both are software professionals by training, education and past positions within their companies.
Sean Flaherty has held many positions at Vectorworks over the past 27 years. Together with his team, he develops and markets professional CAD and BIM solutions for designers in the global AEC, entertainment and landscape design industry.
Viktor Varkonyi has held many positions at Graphisoft over the course of 20 years. Varkonyi and his colleagues are credited with developing Graphisoft into a global market leader in the field of Building Information Modeling (BIM) solutions. Both will continue their current CEO roles at their respective subsidiaries.
Both Senior Managers are known for their sharp business sense, strategic leadership, experience, and a passion for technology. Furthermore, they are respected by employees, customers and partners worldwide. By adding experienced brand CEOs to the Executive Board, Nemetschek expects to leverage the strength of its brands to extend the company’s market positions globally.
Nemetschek AG is a leading global software provider for the AECO market with headquarters in Munich, Germany. It is the parent of 11 brands and serves more than 300,000 customers in 142 countries.
Back in August of this year Tanja Dreilich had resigned from the office of the chairperson of the managing board of Nemetschek AG. It is not clear yet how that departure may have a relationship to this new announcement.
Nemetschek AG as a group of related technology companies likely could be performing better at driving synergies between the various group’s assets and by leveraging these synergistic benefits in its competition against other major companies such as Autodesk, Bentley, Trimble and other similar companies competing in the AECO market. To be fair, the company began an ambitious and well-respected interoperability initiative called Open BIM. It has also leveraged connections between a few of its BIM tools and Maxon Computer’s industry-leading rendering and animation software. There are certainly more areas where synergy can take place and more opportunities like the one Maxon made with its strategic partnership with Adobe.