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Keith Bentley—Bentley Systems Founder Retires

Bentley Systems announces retirement of founder, Keith Bentley and promotion of Julien Moutte to CTO


Bentley Systems announces the retirement of its founder, Keith Bentley, and the promotion of Julien Moutte to Chief Technology Officer. At the same time, in its announcement dated 28 February 2023, Bentley systems also revealed the retirement of former CFO David Hollister as its Chief Investment Officer.

Keith Bentley

Bentley Systems founder Keith Bentley will step down as Chief Technology Officer in April 2023. After that, he will assume the role of Technology Advisor through to his anticipated retirement later in the year.

Keith Bentley, Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Bentley Systems. (Image: Bentley Systems.)

Keith Bentley, Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Bentley Systems. (Image: Bentley Systems.)

After that, he will continue serving on Bentley Systems’ Board of Directors. His successor as Chief Technology Officer will be Julien Moutte, the current Vice President of Technology. Keith Bentley’s younger brother and Bentley Systems’ CEO, Greg Bentley explained:


“It is practically unique for any mature software company to have had, for its lifetime, a chief inventor who has also been its chief evangelist, both for the work of its engineer users and developers. Bentley Systems was founded in 1984 to commercialize Keith Bentley’s software for infrastructure engineering, and Keith’s contributions to the substance and articulation of our work have never slowed down, culminating in our market-leading iTwin Platform for infrastructure digital twins. Keith has been working closely and continuously with Julien Moutte over the past two years. Together they are committed to assuring that iTwin benefits will extend to every one of our application and cloud services users.”


Julian Moutte

Newly announced CTO Julien Moutte initially joined Bentley Systems as Vice President of Technology in January 2021. Previously Moutte had been head of technology for SAP Marketing Cloud. Julien’s technical expertise ranges from cloud operations and high-availability platforms to multimedia and mobile.

Julien Moutte, Vice President of Technology, Bentley Systems. (Image: Bentley Systems.)

Julien Moutte, Vice President of Technology, Bentley Systems. (Image: Bentley Systems.)

Moutte is an IT entrepreneur and investor. During the past fifteen years, he has launched more than ten companies in Europe and the United States.

Based in Barcelona, Moutte is fluent in English, French, and Spanish. He graduated in computer science in 1998 at Université Claude Bernard in Lyon, France. Moutte worked in startup ventures, and at SAP, with Bentley Systems’ Chief Operating Officer Nicholas Cumins, to whom he reports.

Julien Moutte said, “Working with a visionary CTO like Keith Bentley is a rare privilege and a humbling experience, which I have enjoyed greatly for the past two years. Our iTwin Platform is uniquely positioned to help us and our users advance infrastructure for a world in dire need.”

David Hollister

David Hollister served as Bentley Systems’ CFO between 2007 and 2022. Hollister’s replacement will be Werner Andre. Greg Bentley told us, “David Hollister has zealously and adroitly stewarded our financial, portfolio development, and investment activities, and our IPO in 2020 would not have been possible without his drive and orchestration. I am further grateful to David for having nurtured such a capable CFO successor, Werner Andre, who has performed admirably over the past year.”

David Hollister, Chief Investment Officer, Bentley Systems. (Image: Bentley Systems.)

David Hollister, Chief Investment Officer, Bentley Systems. (Image: Bentley Systems.)

Additionally, Keith Bentley and David Hollister participated in Bentley Systems’ Q4 2022 quarterly operating results presentation on 28 February 2023. A recording of the event is available on the Events & Presentations page on Bentley Systems’ Investor Relations website. Please click here.

About Bentley Systems

Headquartered in Exton, Pennsylvania, USA, Bentley Systems Incorporated is a software company. It develops, manufactures, licenses, sells, and supports computer software and services for the design, construction, and operation of infrastructure. Moreover, its software is used for the design, construction, and operations of roads and bridges, rail and transit, water and wastewater, public works and utilities, buildings and campuses, mining, and industrial facilities. Its product range includes:-

  • AssetWise for asset and network performance.
  • iTwin Platform for infrastructure digital twins.
  • MicroStation-based applications for modeling and simulation.
  • ProjectWise for project delivery.
  • Seequent’s leading geo professional software portfolio.
  • SYNCHRO for construction management

At the same time, Bentley Systems generates annual revenue of approximately USD 1 billion in 194 countries. Currently, it employs more than 5,000 people. For more information about Bentley Systems, please click here.


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