President and Chief Executive Officer
Antonio Pietri is President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of AspenTech, and also serves on the company’s Board of Directors. Prior to his appointment to President and CEO, Pietri served as Executive Vice President, Worldwide Field Operations, where he led global Sales, Sales Operations, Professional Services, and Customer Support & Training. He previously served as Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Regional Operations, Asia Pacific, based in Singapore and Beijing, China.
Pietri joined AspenTech through the company’s acquisition of Setpoint, Inc. in 1996. At Setpoint, Pietri held a range of sales, services implementation, and consulting roles, where he oversaw integration of AspenTech solutions at European refinery and process manufacturing sites. In 2002, he relocated to Singapore as Vice President, Business Consulting, and was subsequently promoted to Managing Director of the Asia Pacific region.
Pietri began his career at ABB Simcon as an applications engineer focused on advanced control and multi-variable controllers for refining. Pietri holds an MBA from the University of Houston and a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Tulsa
Chairman of the Board
Robert M. Whelan, Jr. brings over 35 years of corporate finance and investment banking experience to AspenTech’s board of directors. Since 2001, Mr. Whelan has been President of Whelan & Company, LLC, providing financial consulting, valuation and strategic services to public and private companies in the technology, healthcare and alternative energy industries.
From 1999 to 2001, Mr. Whelan served as Vice Chairman, Prudential Volpe Technology Group, the technology investment banking and research division of Prudential Securities formed when Prudential acquired Volpe Brown Whelan & Company in 1999. Prior to that, Mr. Whelan was a senior executive with Volpe Brown Whelan, a private investment banking, brokerage and asset management firm for technology and healthcare companies. Previously, Mr. Whelan was Managing Director, New York Regional and High Technology Groups at Prudential Securities, and Managing Director and Head of Corporate Finance at Hambrecht & Quist, Inc.
Mr. Whelan received a B.A. in history from Dartmouth College and a M.B.A. from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
Mr. Casey has served as one of our directors since 2004. Since 2001, Mr. Casey has been an information strategy and operations consultant to technology and financial services companies. From 2000 to 2001, Mr. Casey served as president and chief operating officer of Exodus Communications, Inc., an Internet infrastructure services provider. From 1991 to 1999, Mr. Casey served as chief technology officer and president of Wang Global, Inc. Mr. Casey previously held executive management positions at Lotus Development Corporation, Apple Computer, Inc. and International Business Machines Corporation. Mr. Casey holds a B.S. in Mathematics from St. Francis College.
Gary E. Haroian has served as one of our directors since 2003. He also currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of BrightCove Inc., a provider of cloud-based services for video. Previously, he served as a director of B456 Systems, Inc. (formerly known as A123 Systems), a battery systems company, and Network Engines, Inc., a provider of server appliance solutions. Mr. Haroian also held various positions, including chief financial officer, chief operating officer and chief executive officer, at Bowstreet, Inc., a provider of software application tools; he served as senior vice president of finance and administration and chief financial officer of Concord Communications, Inc., a network management software company, and he served in various positions, including chief financial officer, president, chief operating officer and chief executive officer, at Stratus Computer, Inc., a provider of continuous availability solutions. Mr. Haroian holds a B.A. in Economics and a B.B.A. in Accounting from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Georgia Keresty brings more than 35 years of experience within the highly regulated pharmaceutical and healthcare industry, where she has built a strong reputation as a scientific leader who drives operational excellence and innovation. During a career that includes executive roles at Takeda, Johnson & Johnson, Bristol Myers Squibb and Novartis, Keresty has been responsible for operations in more than 20 countries and led a $150M R&D affiliate developing novel therapies to treat and prevent Alzheimer’s disease.
In addition to the Aspen Technology board of directors, Keresty currently serves as an independent director for Commissioning Agents, Inc. an ESOP global engineering services firm, and has previously served on the board of Janssen Alzheimer Immunotherapy, the board of trustees for Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY and the board of trustees for the NJ Foundation for Aging. Keresty is currently the Takeda R&D chief operating officer.She holds BSc degrees in Chemical Engineering and Computer Science; an MS degree in Information Systems; an MBA in Operations Management; a PhD in Operations Management; and an MPH in Global Health Leadership.
Joan C. McArdle has served as one of our directors since 1994. From 2001 through June 2016, she served as a Senior Vice President with Massachusetts Capital Resource Company (MCRC), a private investment company which makes mezzanine investments in emerging growth and middle market companies. Ms. McArdle received an A.B. degree in English from Smith College.
Dr. Simon Orebi Gann has more than 30 years of executive management experience in Information Technology. His last line role was as Executive Committee member and CIO of BP Integrated Supply and Trading, where he led the creation of modern supply, trading and risk management systems and established BP’s first modern data center. He was previously Managing Director of Technology and Business Strategy at the London International Financial Futures and Options Exchange (LIFFE), where he was responsible for the creation and implementation of LIFFE CONNECT, the world-leading automated trading platform. Prior to that, Dr. Orebi Gann held senior IT executive positions at Marks & Spencer, where he developed and implemented consumer products supply chain systems, established a data center, and installed the first voice and data communication systems. He has also served on two British government advisory committees, recommending priorities for funding of IT research. In addition to his membership on the Board of Directors for Aspen Technology, Dr. Orebi Gann currently serves on the board of Next Generation Data Ltd., the builder and operator of the U.K.’s largest data center, and has also served on the board of Mapinfo. Dr. Orebi Gann holds a B.A. in Physics, M.A. (Oxon) and his doctorate (D.Phil) in Physics from Oxford University
Adriana Karaboutis is currently Group Chief Information and Digital Officer at National Grid, where she is responsible for the development of group-wide digital strategy, information systems and services, digital security and risk, and overall security. During her career, Karaboutis has led the digital transformation for several global brands including Biogen Inc, Dell Inc, General Motors Corporation and Ford Motor Company. As EVP Technology, Business Solutions and Corporate Affairs at Biogen, she introduced leading digital partners to build capabilities that deliver value across drug discovery, development and delivery processes through core information technology strategy.
Prior to Biogen, Karaboutis was instrumental in driving a culture of innovation and continuous business process improvement at Dell as Vice President and Global CIO. Karaboutis brings extensive experience in computer-integrated manufacturing and supply chain management having held international senior leadership roles at General Motors and Ford. For more than 20 years, Karaboutis has focused on innovating with technology to drive business transformation in complex manufacturing and process industries.
Karaboutis holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Wayne State University. In addition to serving as an independent board director for Aspen Technology, Karaboutis serves on the board of Perrigo Company plc. She also served on the boards of Advance Auto Parts, Inc. and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts.
Amar Hanspal is currently Chief Executive Officer at Bright Machines, which focuses on factory automation combining robotics, machine vision and machine learning software. With more than 30 years’ experience driving innovation and operational excellence, he has led digital transformation at a global scale for brands that include Autodesk, Inc. and RedSpark. As co-CEO at Autodesk, Hanspal was instrumental in transitioning the company from an on-premise technology and software licensing model to a SaaS-based products and subscription model. Prior to his time as co-CEO, he held roles that included Chief Product Officer, Senior Vice President of Platform Solutions and Emerging Business, and Vice President of Collaboration Solutions.
Before Autodesk, Hanspal was the Co-Founder and Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for RedSpark, which focused on collaborative product development applications for the discrete manufacturing industry.
Hanspal holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Bombay University and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from State University of New York at Stony Brook. He has also completed the executive managerial program at Stanford University and serves on the board of BeyondTrust.