Brian Thompson


Senior Vice President, CAD Segment

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Product Design Innovation as the Physical and Digital Worlds Converge

The physical and digital worlds are converging.  For engineering teams large and small, the boundary between the physical and digital worlds is being increasingly blurred by technologies like IoT, 3D Printing and Augmented reality.  Join this session to see how digital/physical convergence, accelerated by these emerging technologies, represent amazing opportunities for innovation in product design.

Brian Thompson is the senior vice president, CAD Segment at PTC. In his current role, Mr. Thompson is responsible for general management of PTC’s CAD and engineering calculations businesses, including market analysis, solution definition and strategy, solution marketing, strategic business and customer development activities.


Mr. Thompson most recently served as the Vice President of PTC Creo® Product Management. In this role he was responsible for understanding broad customer requirements for all of the PTC Creo apps, developing short and long range product release plans and communicating those plans across PTC’s development organization. He also continues to provide regular support to PTC’s global marketing, sales and media relations teams as a primary spokesperson for PTC Creo and PTC’s CAD Business.

Mr. Thompson joined PTC in 2009 as a member of the Pro/ENGINEER® product management team and has held positions of increasing responsibility for PTC’s CAD product portfolio. In 2011, Mr. Thompson assumed full product management responsibility for the complete PTC CAD solution portfolio.

Prior to joining PTC, Mr. Thompson amassed over 15 years of experience in electro-mechanical product development in a variety of discrete manufacturing industries. Mr. Thompson holds six product design patents, many of which are on products still being sold in the marketplace today. He has worked in a variety of roles in PTC’s customer base such as functional engineering management, product development management, and technical product management.


Mr. Thompson earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a master’s degree in computer science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY