Tuesday, Sep 1, 1998 5:00 AM

Champaign, I.L., September 1, 1998 - Geomagic, Inc., a privately held supplier of 3D physical modeling technology founded in Champaign, Illinois, today announced the appointment of Jon Fjeld, 46, to the position of president and chief executive officer. Fjeld, highly regarded in technology circles for his vision and leadership, will be responsible for managing all aspects of the business operation. Focusing on building a solid and fast-growing software company, Fjeld will run the company from its soon-to-be-opened worldwide headquarters at Research Triangle Park in North Carolina.

Press and analysts wishing to obtain more information or arrange an interview with Fjeld should email: media@geomagic.com.

Prior to this appointment, Fjeld spent two years at NetEdge Systems, Inc., and was most recently CEO. He successfully managed the sale of the company to a strategic buyer. He had previously served as the company's vice president of marketing. Prior to joining NetEdge, Fjeld had extensive executive management experience during a 12-year career at IBM, serving in strategic marketing and general management capacities. He managed organizations of up to 400 people. He created a business unit and built it from zero to $100 million in annual revenue.

"Having someone like Jon Fjeld involved with our organization at this pivotal point in its history is the best thing that can happen to the company," said Ping Fu, co-founder and chief technology officer of Geomagic. "He is one of the most focused and talented executives in high technology. We are confident that his leadership will take Geomagic to new levels of growth and success."

Geomagic's co-founder, Herbert Edelsbrunner, is a pioneer and a leading expert in the fields of algorithms, computational geometry, and combinatorial topology. Currently a professor at University of Illinois, Edelsbrunner is the only computer scientist to have been awarded the prestigious NSF Waterman Award (1991). Edelsbrunner has accepted a position as professor in the Computer Science Department at Duke University starting September 1999.

"The opportunity for Geomagic is extremely compelling given its technology position and the evolving trends in the 3D market," said Fjeld. "The worldwide design market has been desperate for a solution like the one that's been developed here and I'm looking forward to helping make a significant impact on the next generation of desktop design and manufacturing."

Fjeld holds a PhD and MA in philosophy from the University of Toronto, an MBA from Duke University, an MS in computer science from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), and a BA in mathematics and philosophy from Bishop's University. Fjeld served as assistant professor at Duke University from 1977 to 1982.

Geomagic chooses RTP, NC, for headquarters as it focuses on growth

Geomagic has chosen to locate its worldwide headquarters in the rapidly growing Research Triangle Park area of North Carolina. With the presence of Duke University, University of North Carolina, and North Carolina State University, this area provides excellent opportunities to attract world-class technical talent. The area also has a strong tradition of supporting entrepreneurial software companies.

About Geomagic

Geomagic (www.geomagic.com) is a global company dedicated to advancing and applying 3D technology for the benefit of humanity. Geomagic’s scanning and design software solutions are used to capture and model 3D content from physical objects, organically sculpt complex shapes, and prepare products for manufacturing. In addition, the company produces powerful 3D metrology and inspection software that verifies dimensional quality by comparing as-built products to master designs. Geomagic’s Sensable Phantom haptic devices simulate the sense of touch in a digital environment. 

Geomagic’s software and hardware are utilized by world-class customers in a variety of industries, including aerospace, automotive, medical, consumer products, toys, collectibles, coindesign, jewelry, fine art, heritage restoration, research, education, mold making, entertainment, training and surgical simulation. In fact, some of the world’s leading companies and research organizationsuse Geomagic software, including Ford, BMW,Boeing, Harley DavidsonTimberland, Mattel/Fisher Price, Lego, Pratt & WhitneyNASA, Schneider Electronic, 3M, Danaher and Invisalign. Geomagic is based in Research Triangle Park, N.C., USA, with an office in Boston, subsidiaries in Europe and Asia, and channel partners worldwide.

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