PTCs executive leadership team drives strategy and direction for the company and helps customers and partners bring digital transformation to life.
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 leading industrial innovation platform and field-proven solutions and services that enable companies to design, manufacture, operate, and service things for a smart, connected world. He also serves on PTC’s Board of Directors.
Mr. Heppelmann has emerged as a driver and thought leader in industrial innovation. Together with Harvard Professor Michael E. Porter, he has co-authored three highly influential articles regarding the transformational impact of the Internet of Things (IoT) on business, including the November 2014 Harvard Business Review cover story “How Smart, Connected Products are Transforming Competition,” and the companion “How Smart, Connected Products are Transforming Companies” published in the October 2015 Harvard Business Review. Their third Harvard Business Review collaboration, published in November 2017, “A Manager's Guide to Augmented Reality,” is a collection of articles that define why every organization needs an Augmented Realty (AR) strategy.
Mr. Heppelmann was named one of “7 IoT Leaders to Watch in 2017” by Hewlett Packard Enterprise and has previously been recognized as “IOT CEO of the Year” by PostScapes, “Technology CEO of the Year” by the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council, and received the “CAD Society Leadership Award” for his work with the Internet of Things. A dynamic speaker, Mr. Heppelmann has been featured as a keynote presenter at the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) events on topics such as “How Smart, Connected Products Are Redefining Manufacturing” and was a featured speaker on “the role of digitization in America's advanced industries” at the Brookings Institution. 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, and was recently elected to the MassTLC (Massachusetts Technology Leadership council) Board of Trustees. He also serves as a member of the Dean’s advisory board at the University of Minnesota College of Science & Engineering, is an executive advisory board member of the national FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) and has been 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 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.
Kristian Talvitie is executive vice president (EVP) and chief financial officer (CFO) at PTC. In this role, Mr. Talvitie is responsible for PTC’s worldwide accounting, financial planning and analysis, tax and treasury, investor relations, and information technology functions.
Mr. Talvitie has a broad business background, including having previously worked at PTC from 2008 to 2016. From 2002 to 2008, Talvitie worked at electronics contract manufacturer Plexus in roles as market sector vice president, leading sales and business development, and vice president of corporate marketing. He joined PTC in 2008 and served in various executive finance roles under PTC CFOs Jeff Glidden and Andy Miller. He left PTC in 2016 to become CFO at SaaS and subscription company Sovos, and in 2018 joined software company Syncsort as CFO.
A true change agent, Kristian has led cross-functional initiatives at each of his companies, implementing new policies and optimizing business processes to grow market presence and increase corporate revenue.
Kristian earned a Master of Science in Management from Boston University, and a Bachelor of Arts from Allegheny College.
Kathleen Mitford is Executive Vice President (EVP) and Chief Strategy Officer at PTC. In this role, Kathleen is responsible for overseeing key strategic functions, which includes the Strategy, Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A), Strategic Alliances, Corporate Marketing, and PTC Academic.
Kathleen was appointed EVP and Chief Strategy Officer on January 1, 2020. Kathleen previously was EVP, Products where she led the Product and Research & Development (R&D) organizations. During Kathleen’s tenure, PTC has taken leadership positions in the Internet of Things (IoT) and Augmented Reality (AR) markets and continues to enjoy above-market growth and dominance in Computer-Aided Design (CAD) and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM). Earlier in Kathleen’s career, she headed PTC’s Corporate Strategy team. Under her leadership, PTC defined and executed a strategy for its IoT products, which led to a very successful entry into the multi-billion-dollar market.
As EVP, Products, Kathleen oversaw PTC’s product portfolio and lead product strategy while managing global R&D. Kathleen led an international team comprised of several thousand talented software developers, with major R&D hubs in the United States, Israel, and India. PTC’s award-winning products span markets from CAD and PLM to IoT and AR. The product lines for which Kathleen had responsibility have seen noteworthy market success. Over the past several years, independent analyst organizations around the world have consistently awarded PTC and its products with leadership positions in their ranking reports.
Kathleen joined PTC in 2006 to drive the retail strategy and developed technologies and systems adopted by major retail chains. As a result, PTC became the industry leader in retail PLM and maintains that leadership market share position today. This also allowed PTC to enter a completely new industry from the company’s traditional engineering and manufacturing heritage.
She is the recipient of numerous awards, most recently 2019 Mass Technology Leadership Council's Tech Excellence Leadership Award. She also serves on the board for the Mass High Tech Council.
Kathleen is a passionate champion of initiatives to drive inclusion and diversity and women in technology within and outside of PTC. She is a frequent panelist on the topics and her expertise helps to drive innovation and digital transformation.
Ms. Mitford attended the Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA, where she earned a bachelor of science.
Mike DiTullio is the Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing at PTC. He leads a global organization of more than 1,400 professionals focused on helping customers create significant value through digital transformation.
During Mike’s 20-year tenure at PTC, he led the company’s efforts to build its market-leading position in traditional core computer-aided design (CAD) and product lifecycle management (PLM) engineering and manufacturing markets. In more recent years, he has taken a leadership role in building PTC’s position in the emerging Internet of Things (IoT) and Augmented Reality (AR) markets. With an emphasis on sales leadership, customer success, and agile operations, Mike has assembled a world-class sales and marketing team, executed a rapid transition to subscription selling, and set new industry standards for partner and digital marketing.
Prior to joining PTC, Mike held positions in sales and marketing in Abbott Laboratories’ Diagnostics Division. Before beginning his civilian career, Mike served as an executive officer in the United States Army, leaving the military at the rank of Captain.
Mike holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management from the United States Military Academy at West Point.
Steve Dertien is the chief technology officer and managing director of the Office of the Chief Technology Officer at PTC. In this role, Steve champions corporate technology strategy across PTC’s products including augmented and virtual reality, the industrial internet of things, software architecture, computer-aided design, and product lifecycle management. Steve also leads the innovation research lab and advanced technology development groups, where he evangelizes state-of-the-art advancements with PTC technology and the business advantages it can provide to PTC’s customers and global partner network.
In 2018, Steve was named the managing director of the Office of the CTO. Over the course of his career at PTC, Steve has been charged with guiding companies through their implementation of PTC technologies and incorporating newly acquired technologies into the wider PTC portfolio. Prior to joining PTC, Steve served as a manufacturing engineer and business systems analyst at Medtronic.
Steve has spoken at conferences and events around the world. Most recently, he was featured on the cover of Insights Success as one of “The 30 Most Influential Business Leaders in Tech 2019.”
Steve joined PTC in 2000 following his graduation from Ferris State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Manufacturing Engineering Technology.
Eduarda Camacho is the Executive Vice President of Customer Operations at PTC. In this role, she is responsible for managing PTC’s worldwide Customer Success, Professional Services, Renewal Sales and Cloud Business. Eduarda drives a relentless customer-centric approach to help drive business outcomes and exceptional customer experiences.
With over 15 years of global experience, Eduarda has managed customer and partner success programs across Europe, Asia and emerging geographies. Eduarda was recently recognized for scaling the industry leading customer success organization unifying the post-sale experience worldwide with a focus on driving customer value. Prior to this, Eduarda defined the strategy and best practices for maximizing end user utilization across various product portfolios in PTC’s Professional Services and partner organizations.
Eduarda holds an undergraduate degree from the Universidade Nova de Lisboa and has completed an executive education program at Harvard Business School.
Craig Melrose is the Executive Vice President of Digital Transformation Solutions at PTC. In this role, Craig works to build customer-facing, operationally transformative solutions that incorporate PTC’s industry-leading CAD, PLM, IoT, and AR technologies. His responsibilities include interacting with and guiding customers to develop, scale, and roll out tailored industry 4.0 programs based on their unique operational excellence goals.
Prior to joining PTC, Craig served as a Partner at McKinsey & Company for over 20 years, leading numerous operations and digital transformation initiatives, working directly with customers to understand their challenges, and identifying both tactical and strategic solutions globally and across dozens of industries. Throughout his career, he has helped companies dramatically enhance their factory automation strategies, including Toyota Motor Manufacturing, where for five years prior to joining McKinsey, he led the improvement of the Toyota Production System and Toyota’s operating performance through the introduction of new products across North America.
Craig earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Kentucky.
Aaron von Staats is executive vice president, general counsel and secretary for PTC. In this position, Mr. von Staats is responsible for worldwide legal and compliance matters, including corporate governance, securities, compliance, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property, technology licensing, litigation, employment, real estate and corporate subsidiary management.
Mr. von Staats was appointed PTC’s General Counsel in 2003 after joining the company in 1997. Prior to joining PTC Mr. von Staats practiced as an associate with the Boston law firm Palmer & Dodge LLP. He began his legal career as a law clerk for the Honorable Paul J. Liacos, Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.
Mr. von Staats is a member of the Association of Corporate Counsel, the American Bar Association, and the Boston Bar Association. He also serves as a board member of the not-for-profit organization City Year Boston and as a board member of the Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston.
Mr. von Staats attended Boston College Law School, where he earned his juris doctor.
He earned a bachelor of arts from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Eric Snow is senior vice president of Corporate Marketing at PTC. In this role, Eric is responsible for shaping and promoting the company’s brand position and reputation. His responsibilities include oversight of the company’s brand identity and content strategy, thought leadership and corporate communications, and experiential marketing via the company’s marquee LiveWorx event and its Corporate Experience Center.
Prior to joining PTC, Eric served in senior marketing and communications roles for several enterprise technology companies, including CA Technologies. In the course of his career, he has delivered strategic communications services to multi-national corporations, early-stage startups, venture capital firms, non-profit organizations, and the U.S. federal government. He served as General Manager of the Boston office of communications firm Blanc & Otus, and served in a variety of leadership positions at the global communications firm Fleishman-Hillard.
Eric earned an MBA from Babson College and a BA from James Madison University. He has published articles and delivered presentations on topics ranging from the Internet of Things, national telecommunications policy, and health care reform.