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 lead 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.
Barry F. Cohen, Ph.D. is the Chief Strategy Officer at PTC. In this position, Dr. Cohen drives strategy development and alignment across the company. He is responsible for PTC’s corporate strategy, corporate development and PTC’s global academic programs.
Dr. Cohen joined PTC in January 1998 when PTC acquired Computervision. Prior to the acquisition, he served with Computervision for four years as senior vice president for human development and organizational productivity. Before joining Computervision, Dr. Cohen was the president of Possibilities Inc., an executive consulting firm specializing in organizational change and executive coaching, where he served for thirteen years.
Dr. Cohen has authored or co-authored several books on leadership and organizational change, including The Wellness Sourcebook, Ethical Leadership, Leadership Myths and Realities, and The Possibilities Economy: New Capital Development. He has also published many professional articles and a series of training manuals.
Dr. Cohen earned his doctorate in logic and philosophy of science from the State University of New York @ Buffalo.
Matt Cohen is the Executive Vice President of Field Operations at PTC. In this role, Matt is responsible for driving business value and creating a differentiated experience for our customers. He leads all PTC field functions including Sales, Marketing, Customer Success, Technical Support, Cloud Services and Professional Services.
Since joining PTC in 2001, Matt has served in a series of leadership roles across the sales and services organizations, most recently leading the customer success organization. In this role he rearchitected PTC’s approach to delivering rapid time to value and a better customer experience. Within PTC's global services organization, Mr. Cohen has helped set sales, product and training strategy. He has also led the rapid development and roll out of PTC’s cloud strategy.
Mr. Cohen attended Harvard University where he earned a bachelor of arts in Psychology.
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.
Kathleen Mitford is Executive Vice President, Products at PTC. In this role, Ms. Mitford is responsible for portfolio management, product strategy, and research & development. She leads the Product and R&D organizations and is committed to further enhancing PTC’s leadership role in the IoT and AR markets, complemented by its continued strength in core CAD and PLM offerings.
During Ms. Mitford’s career at PTC, she has held multiple strategic roles leading the business segments, market research, competitive strategy and vertical teams. She 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. She later ran PTC’s Corporate Strategy team and helped position PTC for success in the Internet of Things. Ms. Mitford has helped transition PTC to enter completely new industries from the company’s traditional engineering and manufacturing heritage
As PTC heads to the Internet of Things and Augmented Reality, Ms. Mitford’s ability to identify opportunities and threats along with strengths and weakness positions PTC’s Business Segments at a distinct advantage.
Ms. Mitford attended the Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA, where she earned a bachelor of science.
Hillary Ashton is Executive Vice President and General Manager of PTC’s Augmented Reality (AR) business unit. In this role, she is responsible for all operational aspects of the Vuforia business and its product lines, including executive leadership and vision, strategy, sales, and marketing.
Before joining PTC in 2018, Ms. Ashton served as SVP of Analytics SaaS solutions at Manthan. In this role, she was responsible for sales, channel strategy, presales, product marketing, and solution engineering. Prior to that role, Ms. Ashton served as Director, Customer Intelligence Sales at SAS, where she led the go-to-market strategy and sales support for US, Canada and Latin America for SAS’s 16 Customer Intelligence (CI) solutions. In each of these roles, she has contributed to expanding market share and increasing revenue.
Ms. Ashton has been quoted in the press extensively and has spoken at various conference and events worldwide.
Ms. Ashton graduated from Franklin & Marshall College where she earned a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Government.
Kathy Cullen-Cote is the executive vice president and chief human resources officer at PTC. In her current position, Kathy is responsible for developing and executing all facets of PTC’s human resources strategy including company culture, talent management, leadership, organizational planning, diversity and inclusion, as well as, global physical security in support of PTC’s overall business plan.
During Ms. Cullen-Cote’s career at PTC, she has driven the organization’s growth through cultural transformation programs, global employee engagement initiatives, and the implementation and adoption of cutting-edge HR systems. Ms. Cullen-Cote is responsible for PTC’s Brains & Passion initiative, which fundamentally changes how PTC interacts with employees, from attracting, hiring, and retaining top talent. Dedicated to the constant pursuit of making PTC an environment where every individual can be their authentic self, Ms. Cullen-Cote is responsible for fostering a culture of inclusivity, innovation, and growth.
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.