James E. Heppelmann
President and Chief Executive Officer
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James E. Heppelmann
James (Jim) Heppelmann is the president and chief executive officer (CEO) of PTC, responsible for driving the company’s global business strategy and operations. During Mr. Heppelmann’s leadership tenure, PTC has assembled the industry’s most comprehensive technology capabilities that enable companies to create, connect, operate, and service smart, connected products. He also serves on PTC’s Board of Directors.
Honored as 2014 Internet of Things (IoT) CEO of the Year, Mr. Heppelmann is seen as a thought leader in the IoT space. He co-authored with Harvard Professor Michael E. Porter the seminal article on the Internet of Things in the November 2014 issue of Harvard Business Review, called “How Smart, Connected Products are Transforming Competition.” He also speaks regularly around the globe on the subject and was recently a featured speaker at Brookings Institution regarding the role of digitization in America’s advanced industries. He has been published and quoted in numerous global business and trade media, including The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and Bloomberg Businessweek.
Mr. Heppelmann is a member of the board of directors at SENSATA, a world leader in automotive and industrial sensors and controls. He serves as a member of the Dean’s advisory board at the University of Minnesota College of Science & Engineering, and is an executive advisory board member of the national FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology). Mr. Heppelmann was recently recognized as one of the “Top 100 CEO Leaders in STEM” by the STEMconnector organization.
Prior to his appointment as CEO in 2010, Mr. Heppelmann served as PTC’s president and chief operating officer, responsible for managing the operating business units of the company including R&D, marketing, sales, and services. From 2001 to 2009, he served as PTC’s chief technology officer, driving the company’s product vision and strategy, product design and development, and product marketing and management.
Mr. Heppelmann joined PTC in 1998 when the company acquired Windchill Technology, a Minnesota-based company that he co-founded and served as its chief technology officer. Before co-founding Windchill Technology, Mr. Heppelmann served as chief technology officer at Metaphase Technology.
Mr. Heppelmann attended University of Minnesota, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering with an emphasis on computer-aided design.