Bentley Appoints Solutions Executives for Utilities and Communications, Power Generation, and Process Manufacturing

EXTON, Pa. – Sept. 10, 2009 – Bentley Systems, Incorporated, the leading company dedicated to providing comprehensive software solutions for the infrastructure that sustains our world, has appointed Cyndi Smith, based in Tulsa, Okla., to the position of solutions executive for utilities and communications; Mark Biagi, based in Edinburgh, United Kingdom, to the position of solutions executive for power generation; and John Sanins, based in Houston, Texas, to the position of solutions executive for process manufacturing. In these roles, each will establish an integrated suite of software products and professional services that supports the infrastructure lifecycle of the solutions communities for which he or she is responsible.

Smith has more than 30 years of experience in the communications, energy, and government sectors. In her eight years at Bentley, she has held director positions in marketing and product management, and most recently was director of Solutions Management. Her previous employers include Intergraph, where she was senior systems consultant, Williams Communications (now part of Level 3 Communications), and Conoco (now part of ConocoPhillips). Her experience includes technical management, services project management, marketing, and business development roles. Throughout her career, Smith has been primarily focused on geospatial applications and the integration of geospatial technology with operational systems.

“Cyndi’s breadth of experience in industries typically associated with geospatial information technology uniquely positions her to bring together Bentley’s extensive range of cross-discipline software products into integrated solution offerings,” said Carey Mann, Bentley vice president, Solutions. “In utilities, for example, the Bentley solution extends beyond traditional geospatial workflows to include such things as the civil engineering of transmission corridors, the structural design and engineering of transmission towers, the physical and relay design of substations, and the design and operation of a range of power generation facilities.”

Biagi’s previous position at Bentley was strategic projects director for plant software in Bentley’s International Operating Unit. In that role, he was involved in strategic agreements, complex product integrations, and in developing Bentley’s strategy for the nuclear power industry. Biagi holds an honors degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Glasgow and a master’s in Engineering for Sustainable Development from the University of Cambridge.

“Mark’s engineering background, strategic planning experience, and industry relationships make him an ideal executive to spearhead our expanding presence in the power generation industry,” said Mann. “His background includes strategy consulting, sustainability, project management, and engineering design, as well as extensive experience in applying advanced information technology to the process engineering industries.”

Sanins’ previous position was technical director, Global Business Development, with Intergraph Corporation, where he was responsible for SmartPlant 3D product strategy and for the support and development of SmartPlant 3D sales globally. His experience also includes positions with IBM, notably senior business consultant for IBM Global Services, and regional business manager, Asia Pacific, for IBM ETS, where he directed plant design operations and related data management systems. Sanins has also worked for AVEVA Solutions in various technical and business development roles and was the head of VANTAGE Plant Design solutions, notably PDMS and its related plant design software.

“With more than 24 years of industry experience and leadership worldwide, John brings to the table a rare combination of hands-on design and engineering experience and global business and marketing leadership,” said Mann. “He has the insight to identify and validate new solution requirements and to ensure that our offerings meet the needs of globally oriented owner-operators and EPCs.”

About Bentley Systems, Incorporated

Bentley is the global leader dedicated to providing architects, engineers, constructors, and owner-operators with comprehensive software solutions for sustaining infrastructure. Founded in 1984, Bentley has more than 2,700 colleagues and offices in more than 45 countries, had 2008 revenues surpassing $500 million, and, since 1995, has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions.

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