UGS Taps John Graham to Lead Global Sales and Services for Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) Industry Leader
Monday, November 21, 2005, PLANO, Texas – UGS Corp., a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services, today announced the appointment of John Graham, who has been serving as UGS’ senior vice president for Sales and Services for the Americas, as executive vice president for Global Sales and Services. In this role, Graham will take responsibility for UGS’ sales, sales support and services delivery around the world and report directly to Tony Affuso, chairman, CEO and president of UGS.
Graham replaces Jim Milton, who is leaving UGS effective the end of November to pursue other opportunities outside the company.
Graham joined UGS in January 2005 from Capgemini, Inc., where, as vice president, Americas Sales, he led sales and sales operations in the Americas with additional responsibilities for platform alliances and Capgemini reseller operations. While at Capgemini, he also held the position of vice president, Global Sales Operations, building a team that delivered record corporate results. Prior to joining Capgemini, Graham served as one of five global division vice presidents for Siebel Systems, where he was responsible for a segment of the US and Latin American Geography, as well as several industry groups. He joined Siebel from EDS, where he held executive-level sales positions in the company’s government, commercial insurance and E.Solutions business units before taking on the role of Chief Sales Officer.
“We are excited to have John Graham take this critical position. He lives and breathes our company’s commitment to make our customers successful while helping them transform their process of innovation. John has the experience, breadth, vision and leadership that will drive our sales and services to new heights as we lead UGS and the PLM industry into an exciting future,” Affuso said. “We also thank Jim Milton for his fine service to UGS and wish him well in his future endeavors. He has extended the capabilities of our sales and services organization and helped us to drive our leadership in the PLM market.”
Graham received a Bachelor of Arts degree in business from the University of Mississippi and a Master of Business Administration degree from George Mason University. He served as an officer in the U.S. Navy for nine years. Graham lives in Dallas with his wife, Margaret, and their two children, Scott and Sarah.
UGS also announced that David Shook will succeed Graham as senior vice president and managing director of Global Sales and Services for the Americas and lead the company’s sales, sales support and services delivery in the Americas. Shook, a 25-year veteran of UGS, was most recently vice president of sales and operations for the eastern half of the United States. In this capacity, he successfully led the company’s largest region, in both revenue and earnings, for nearly 10 years. Shook is a graduate of Indiana University. He lives in Hinsdale, Ill. with his wife, Becky, and daughter, Whitney. Their daughter, Heather, lives in Chicago.
“I am thrilled to be entrusted with the responsibility to continue to drive our leadership in the market by serving our customers like no one else,” Graham said. “We have had success building our market share in the Americas and I look forward to working with Dave Shook to increase our leadership even more in the Americas going forward. This is a great time to be with UGS.”
UGS is a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services with nearly 4 million licensed seats and 46,000 customers worldwide. Headquartered in Plano, Texas, UGS’ vision is to enable a world where organizations and their partners collaborate through global innovation networks to deliver world-class products and services while leveraging UGS’ open enterprise solutions, fulfilling the mission of enabling them to transform their process of innovation.
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