Kitware Fosters Growth with Leadership Transitions

Members of Kitware gather to celebrate a company milestone at the headquarters in Clifton Park, New York.

We have grown significantly over the past two decades, building a vibrant culture with a collaborative focus that promotes technical excellence.

Less than three weeks after it celebrated its 19th anniversary, Kitware made transitions in team management and organizational structure to foster growth and to strengthen its position as a leader in open-source technical computing. The transitions took place at the company shareholders meeting on March 23, 2017.

At the meeting, Kitware named former Vice President of Commercial Operations Lisa Avila, Ph.D., as president and CEO. Avila co-founded Kitware in 1998. Throughout the last two decades, Avila has influenced every aspect of the business from technical development and project management to business development and communications.

“I am proud that our innovative open-source software has advanced scientific research, improved healthcare outcomes and enhanced our national security,” Avila said. “I look forward to maintaining our commitment to our customers, collaborators, communities and team members while fostering continued growth by expanding into new domains.”

Former President and CEO Will Schroeder, Ph.D., another Kitware co-founder, began a new role as opportunity catalyst. In this role, Schroeder will work across the company on mentorship, technical leadership, business development and customer engagement. He will also continue to provide guidance in designing and implementing advanced algorithms for the many open-source platforms that Kitware develops.

“At Kitware, we produce software that scientists and engineers use to change the world every day,”…

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