Gerber Nabs Siemens Exec as Software Head

Gerber Technology has named Karsten Newbury as vice president and general manager, software solutions. Newbury's background leading management teams in software systems and solutions, allows Gerber to strengthen the integration of its existing solutions while continuing the development of new offerings for their customers in a broad range of industries.

"We are thrilled to bring someone of Karsten's capabilities to the Gerber team," said Mike Elia, president and CEO of Gerber. "Software is critical to everything we do, and is vital in assisting our customers' efforts to create and produce beautiful products and to make better decisions. Karsten's understanding of the integrated marketplace, combined with his global vision for software systems and solutions, will enable him to draw upon all our technologies and applications and solve many of the workflow challenges our customers face."

Gerber was the first to introduce CAD pattern making software for the apparel industry. Today, its AccuMark CAD systems are used by over 14,000 customers to create apparel, furniture and transportation interiors. Gerber's innovations and technologies assist customers to improve their manufacturing efficiencies in a continually evolving market.

"To be able to join an innovation pioneer such as Gerber Technology and proactively help grow their already amazing set of software innovations is a really exciting endeavor for me," said Newbury. "I have been fortunate to experience the power of customer-driven software innovations and am looking forward to contributing that experience to what Gerber has already accomplished and also what they have planned for the future."

Prior to his new position with Gerber, Newbury was senior vice president and general manager for Siemens PLM Software's Mainstream Engineering business, and led the company's global go-to-market and software development efforts. The Mainstream Engineering business was an incubator for new business models, which afforded Newbury a strong history in building winning teams with leading business performance. Newbury also served as vice president, integration, with the company, leading the $US 3.7 billion acquisition of UGS (now Siemens PLM Software).

Newbury holds a master's degree in industrial engineering with the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany, with a dual major in computer integrated manufacturing and business administration.

"Karsten has remarkable strategic planning and product development skills. We're excited to have him on our team," said Elia. "The opportunity to work side by side with someone who shares a broad vision, a passion to improve workflows and the skill set to integrate various technologies and softwares for our customers, is inspiring."
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