Dassault Systèmes, the 3DEXPERIENCE company, announced that Gian Paolo Bassi has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of its 3D design software brand SOLIDWORKS. Bassi will spearhead the development of SOLIDWORKS’ future product and technology strategies designed for the desktop and the cloud and the continued collaboration with the brand’s user community. He replaces Bertrand Sicot, who is promoted Vice President Sales of Dassault Systèmes’ Value Solutions sales channel. Bassi has been instrumental in the growth of SOLIDWORKS since joining Dassault Systèmes in 2011 as SOLIDWORKS Vice President Research and Development. He led the development of the brand’s cloud applications, SOLIDWORKS Mechanical Conceptual and SOLIDWORKS Industrial Conceptual, to provide users with an instinctive powerful 3D modelling environment with online data storage and social collaboration on Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform.