FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Citrix Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: CTXS) today announced the election of Dr. Ajei S. Gopal, president and chief executive officer for ANSYS, Inc., to its board of directors, effective immediately.
Dr. Gopal is a 30+ year software and technology industry veteran having served in leadership roles at Symantec, Hewlett-Packard, CA Technologies, IBM, and, most recently, ANSYS, the global leader in engineering simulation. In addition, Dr. Gopal founded a startup in the early 2000s, and has served as an operating partner at Silver Lake Partners. He holds a PhD and MS degree in computer science from Cornell University.
“We are fortunate to have Ajei join the Citrix board,” said Bob Calderoni, executive chairman for Citrix. “He has a rare combination of deep technical expertise and business acumen in a wide range of business settings from start-up to Fortune 100 companies. He brings great knowledge and experience in business growth strategies, investment discipline, as well as product development and innovation.”
Dr. Gopal will join the compensation committee, and in his new board role, qualifies as an independent director.
About Ajei Gopal
Dr. Gopal, 55, assumed the position of chief executive officer at ANSYS in January 2017, after being appointed as president and chief operating officer in August 2016. He has served on the ANSYS board since 2011. Prior to his appointment as president at ANSYS, he served as operating partner at Silver Lake Partners. He has also served as interim president and chief operating officer at Symantec, guiding the company through the appointment of a permanent CEO. Previously, he has served as a senior vice president and general manager at Hewlett-Packard; as an executive vice president at CA Technologies; and as executive vice president and chief technology officer for Symantec. Before that, he spent 9 years at IBM, initially with IBM research and later in IBM’s software group. Dr. Gopal holds 23 U.S. patents.
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