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Monday, May 21, 2001 5:00 AM

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., May 21, 2001- Geomagic, a developer of software that enables mass customization, has named James H. Johnson vice president of worldwide sales and business development.

Johnson was most recently vice president of regional sales for Vivant Corp., a supplier of automated e-procurement solutions. For seven years, he was senior director of the central region for Autodesk, the world's leading CAD/CAM software company. At Autodesk, he worked with a staff of 40 and an extensive reseller channel to generate revenue growth of 300 percent in that region.

Before Autodesk, Johnson held sales management positions in engineering technology companies such as SDRC, Context Corp., Adage and Tektronix. He has consistently been a leading producer since he entered sales management in 1977.

In his new position with Geomagic, Johnson will set sales plans and goals, manage the worldwide sales team, recruit and develop channel sales, and develop business relationships with major accounts and other technology companies in the forefront of mass customization.

“Jim Johnson has an established track record in helping companies expand their customer bases quickly and dramatically,” says Ping Fu, Geomagic's president and CEO. “We are very excited about Jim's experience in direct sales, OEM partnerships and channel management. He brings the kind of expertise we need as our technology enters the manufacturing mainstream.”

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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