Richard Longdon received an engineering training in the defence industry then gained experience in the project management of high value engineering projects. He moved into sales and held a series of international sales and marketing positions. He joined AVEVA in 1984 and, shortly afterwards, was made marketing manager for the process products. In January 1992 he relocated to Frankfurt, where he was responsible for setting up and running the Group's German office. He returned to the UK as part of the management buyout team in 1994, taking responsibility for the Group's worldwide sales and marketing activities, before being appointed Managing Director in May 1999. He took over as Group Chief Executive in December 1999.
Chief Executive Officer
Prior to taking on the position of CEO at AVEVA in January 2017, James, a highly experienced Chartered Accountant held several senior finance roles within the Group and was Head of Finance from 2006 and CFO from 2011 through to 2016.
He joined AVEVA back in 2004 at the time of the Tribon acquisition and played a significant part in the completion of this transaction and the subsequent integration of the acquired business. His responsibilities have included investor relations, the development of the Group’s overseas subsidiaries, standardisation of financial processes and procedures, as well as being heavily involved in the Group’s recent acquisitions. Prior to joining AVEVA James worked for both Arthur Andersen and Deloitte, serving clients in both transactional and audit engagements.
Chief Financial Officer/Executive Director
David joined AVEVA in 2011 as the Head of Finance before being appointed to the Board as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) in July 2016.
In his five years with AVEVA, David has led the development of the Group's Finance function and AVEVA's risk and internal controls agenda. He has also been heavily involved in all acquisitions completed since 2011, as well as a number of other strategic initiatives for the company.
Prior to joining AVEVA, David worked for Ernst & Young for 14 years in various roles within the Assurance practice and completed a secondment to easyJet plc as Group Treasurer.
Deputy Chief Executive and Group CTO
Dave's responsibilities encompass all aspects of product strategy, product development and delivery of new products and product upgrades, including the revolutionary AVEVA NET platform and the world-leading 3D Plant Design Management System (PDMS). Dave is responsible for the technical direction and software engineering processes that underpin the development of AVEVA's integrated engineering IT solutions.
Dave joined AVEVA (formerly known as CADCentre) in May 1981. His early work in the company fuelled a lifelong interest in the use of computers to solve design and data management problems. He held a number of development, product management and marketing positions before assuming his current responsibilities.
Before joining CADCentre, Dave spent three years researching advanced wastewater treatment technologies after achieving a first-class degree in Environmental Chemical Engineering.
Executive Vice-President, HR
Clare has over 25 years generalist HR experience gained across a variety of sectors working both nationally and globally. Prior to joining AVEVA in 2015, Clare ran her own HR consultancy for 5 years. Clare has held senior HR leadership roles with Marks and Spencer, RAC and Munters AB. She is member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and has a Post Graduate Diploma in Personnel Management.
Executive Vice-President, Global Services
Grimur Lund graduated from Aalborg University in 1985 in System Engineering. After working 2 years at Aalborg Shipyard he was one of the founders of Logimatic 1987 – an IT & Engineering company. Initially he build up the IT division until he in 2002 became the CEO. In his years with Logimatic he took active role in building up a global market position for the company and in particular the MARS product.
In 2010 AVEVA acquired the entire MARS business and in the same transaction Grimur joined AVEVA. He was from the start responsible for restructuring the Service Delivery organisation and took part in building up the Enterprise Solution line of business. In 2015 became the leader of Global Technical Support. In April 2016 Grimur joined the Executive team with the remit of Global Services, which encompasses Technical Sales, Professional Services, Customer Support, Product Support and Quality.
Executive Vice-President, Business Strategy
Bruce joined AVEVA following the acquisition of Tribon in 2004, initially as VP Industry Solutions. Since this time, Bruce has held a number of roles in AVEVA within both Product Strategy and Marketing. In 2014, Bruce took on the role of SVP Sales Excellence where he was responsible for developing the capability of our worldwide direct sales team through an evolving programme of skills and methods improvements.
In April 2017, Bruce was invited to join the Executive team as EVP Business Strategy, bringing the various strands of business and product strategy together to create a unified strategy team. Within this role, Bruce has responsibility for providing the necessary analysis and data to enable AVEVA to plan and make strategic decisions, ultimately achieving our goals and objectives.
Executive Vice-President, Group General Counsel and Company Secretary
Claire joined AVEVA in June 2015 as Group General Counsel & Company Secretary, becoming a member of the Executive team in December 2016. She is responsible for the areas of Legal, Company Secretarial, Anti-Piracy Compliance and Commercial Management across the global organisation.
Claire has over 19 years of experience within the fields of corporate and commercial law. She qualified as a solicitor within City law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner in 2000. She is additionally qualified as a chartered company secretary and a member of ICSA.
Prior to joining AVEVA, Claire has held a number of other senior in-house legal roles, including Senior European Counsel for Hughes Network Systems, Europe (a division of EchoStar Corporation, (NASDAQ: SATS)) and Associate General Counsel of FTSE listed Interserve Plc.
Executive Vice President, Global Accounts
Martin Yeomans started his career as an industrial apprentice in the process and power industries, having studied Mechanical Engineering at Derby University. During his early career he gained varied experience in pipework design using PDMS and other applications before joining AVEVA in 1997.
During his time at AVEVA, Martin has used his industry knowledge in a variety of customer-facing roles, both technically and commercially, from Helpdesk Support and Presales through to Sales and Regional Sales Management. Martin currently heads up the Global Accounts programme within AVEVA and was appointed to the AVEVA Executive in December 2016, taking on the role officially from 1 April 2017.
Executive Vice President – Asia Pacific, Middle-East and Africa
Prior to joining AVEVA, Evgeny gained a joint degree in Economics and Engineering, as well as an MBA in Consumers and Modern Markets. He began his career in the Automation and Digital Control systems industries, working mainly with large utility and energy companies, before joining AVEVA in 2005. Before long, he took on responsibility for the AVEVA offices in Russia, and in 2012, Evgeny extended his leadership to India and the Middle East within the role of Senior Vice-President, Head of Russia, India and the Middle East. He then took responsibility for EPC and marine customers globally, the largest commercial function within AVEVA.
In December 2016, Evgeny was invited to join the Executive team as a Regional Executive, and from 1 April 2017 he took on responsibility for the AVEVA Sales business across Asia Pacific and the Middle East regions.
Executive Vice President – Americas
Amish is a professional engineer who holds a Masters in Chemical Engineering and a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Calgary. He was appointed to the Executive team with responsibility for the Americas in December 2016, taking on his official post on 1 April 2017. Amish has been with the company for the past seven years, with a primary responsibility of growing our Owner Operator Business in North America.
He has over 23 years of North American and International Processing Industry experience within the fields of Oil and Gas, Refining and Petrochemicals.
Over the past 16 years, Amish has become a trusted advisor and business strategist to the complex processing industry in North America from an Owner, EPC and Supplier perspective. Prior to AVEVA, Amish was the Director of Sales for Honeywell Automation in Canada, Canadian Sales Manager for Aspen Technologies, and an Operations Engineer with Japan Energy Corporation in Tokyo.