Wednesday, Apr 4, 2007 5:00 AM
Sunnyvale, CA - Apr 4, 2007, Rapidform Inc., the exclusive licensor of rapidform 3D scanning software in the Americas, today announced that Martin (Marty) Chader has joined the company as vice president of business development, and Tom Charron has been promoted to COO. The additions to the executive management team support the company's evolution, growth and strategic industry partnerships.
Mr. Chader brings over 16 years of experience in the 3D scanning industry, most recently as head of Konica Minolta's 3D Scanning business unit. Spearheading the growth of the company's Vivid® line of laser scanners, this industry pioneer has been instrumental in the development of the 3D scanning market in North and South America. Having been a Rapidform strategic partner in his previous role, Chader is well-versed on the company's products and plans. "What drew me to Rapidform was their advancement of 3D scanning software to the next level—fulfilling the promise of native, parametric CAD models from scan data. I‘ve had a unique position to become familiar with all the major inspection and reverse engineering software tools, and none of them matches rapidform's utility. Clearly, I am excited about the opportunities that this progressive company offers," stated Chader.
As vice president of business development, Chader's primary responsibility is to create and strengthen partnerships with scanning hardware companies and key accounts. Delivering personal, high-level attention, Chader will work with those that share the strategic vision of leveraging 3D scanning technology for design, manufacturing and quality control.
"Marty Chader's experience in the 3D scanning industry is important to Rapidform as it builds strong relationships with our strategic partners. He has seen the relationship from the hardware manufacturer's point of view, so he brings the voice of our partners into our decision-making process. His addition demonstrates our company's commitment to long-term alliances with vendors and key accounts," said Simon (Seockhoon) Bae, CEO of Rapidform Inc. and INUS Technology. Separately, Tom Charron has been appointed COO. Charron, who established the U.S. office of INUS Technology and coordinated the transition to an independent corporation, was previously the company's director of sales and marketing. His primary role is to oversee direct sales, marketing, support and operations while accelerating Rapidform's growth. Charron will also work closely with Chader on partner relationships. Bae commented, "Tom Charron has been instrumental in building the foundation for Rapidform, Inc.'s success. His promotion reflects the duties and responsibilities that he has capably assumed over the past five years."
"We are forging new relationships with other innovators in the marketplace to provide best-of-breed solutions to a rapidly growing customer base. Hiring Marty and promoting Tom supports our philosophy of progress and innovation. We are growing rapidly, and this team gives us the strength to continue growth and move forward," stated Bae.
About Rapidform Inc. Rapidform Inc. is the exclusive licensor of INUS Technology's rapidformXO product line for North and South America. Established in 2002 as the U.S. operations of INUS Technology, Rapidform Inc. was incorporated as an independent business entity in 2005. Led by INUS founder, Simon (Seockhoon) Bae, the company is responsible for sales, support and service of the rapidly growing Rapidform customer base. The rapidformXO product suite represents the next generation scan data processing, metrology and modeling platform. Rapidform Inc.'s partners include industry leading companies such as NextEngine, Konica Minolta, Creaform and other 3D scanner vendors. U.S. customers include innovators such as Ford, Oakley, Mitsubishi and Alcoa.
About INUS Technology Inc. INUS Technology helps companies unlock the power of 3D scanning. The company's software solutions are the most widely installed products for reverse engineering, 3D imaging and inspection using 3D scan data around the globe. Rapidform makes 3D scanning an extremely powerful tool for a variety of applications and is used in fields such as manufacturing, R&D, quality inspection, medical research and civil engineering. Leading companies including Audi, Ford, Hyundai, Toyota, Rolls Royce, Volkswagen, Hitachi, Panasonic, Oakley, Samsung, Sony, Alcoa, and Benteler use Rapidform's advanced technology to innovate throughout their research, design, manufacturing and quality control processes. For more information, please visit http://www.rapidform.com