Dr. Ajei Gopal, 55, was elected to the board in September 2017. Dr. Gopal is a 30+ year software and technology industry veteran. He is president and chief executive officer of ANSYS, the global leader in engineering simulation. Prior to ANSYS, he was an operating partner at Silver Lake Partners. He has also served as interim president and chief operating officer at Symantec, guiding and the company through the appointment of a permanent CEO. He also served as a senior vice president and general manager at Hewlett-Packard; as an executive vice president at CA Technologies; as executive vice president and chief technology officer for Symantec; and CEO and cofounder of startup ReefEdge Networks. He spent 9 years at IBM, initially with IBM research and later in IBM’s software group, and started his career at Bell Communications Research. Dr. Gopal holds 23 U.S. patents.
Dr. Gopal has deep technical expertise and business acumen in a wide range of business settings from start-up to Fortune 100 companies. He brings great knowledge and experience in business growth strategies, investment discipline, as well as product development and innovation.
He serves on the Compensation Committee and the Technology, Data and Information Security Committee, and the board of directors has determined that Dr. Gopal is “independent” within the meaning of the Company’s director independence standards and the director independence standards of The Nasdaq Stock Market, LLC.