Jim Escoe, Procter & Gamble 
(First year of three year term)

James Escoe, of Cincinnati Ohio, is the PLM Strategy Leader for Procter & Gamble’s Product Development globally.  He also leads global High Performance Computing (HPC), Modeling & Simulation IT Systems, and CAD Systems for Package Development and areas of Product Development.  Jim has been a PLM leader in P&G for the last 16 years.  Jim’s initiatives include PLM capability to deliver drawing control to P&G plants, BOM integrations to SAP, and 3D Design for Packaging and Product Development.  Jim currently leads the strategy for all P&G initiatives involving ENOVIA/CATIA/SIMULIA.  Earlier in Jim’s P&G career he architected and delivered P&G’s global HPC infrastructure and architected P&G’s first deployments of Teamcenter.  More recently Jim led the effort to replatform all P&G’s packaging design and development to the CATIA/ENOVIA/SIMULIA V6 architecture

Prior to P&G, Jim was the program manager for SDRC’s CAE business unit and a senior product development manager of the Assembly Modeling module of I-DEAS CAD.  He led I-DEAS CAD development for Assembly Modeling integration to Metaphase and the Team Data Manager (precursors to Teamcenter), Configuration Management, Part-to-Part feature integration, and the consolidated geometric and positional constraint network that was first among the CAD companies globally.  The 3D Variational Geometry Initiative Jim jointly led won Design News “New Product of the Year” in 1996.

Jim has been married for 26 years, has two daughters and enjoys boating, golfing, travel, attending college football games and cooking Italian food.

Professional Affiliations / Leadership Experience:

COE Board of Directors (2014 to Present)

Industry Advisory Board; Department of Computer Science, The Ohio State University (2012 to Present)

Industry Advisory Board; Purdue University Center of PLM Excellence (2014 to Present)

Educational Experience:

Bachelor of Engineering, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh PA Major Civil Engineering

Master of Science, The Ohio State University, Columbus Ohio

Computer Science; Research Associate & Teaching Associate; Research focus on Geometric Modeling and Computer Graphics

Vice President/President Elect

Charles (Chas) Marsh, Bell
(First year of a three year term; 2nd term)

Chas has 25+ years in the aerospace and defense industry (Northrup Grumman, Sikorsky Aircraft & Bell (Bell Helicopter).  He is currently manages all of the design tools and standards for Bell.  Chas' experience with Dassault Systemes started in the 90's as an experimental design engineer utilizing CATIA V3.  Chas has a rich history of design experience through multiple engineering disciplines on 6 development aircraft programs to inform his current role.  As the Manager of Design Tools, Chas builds the company strategy for Systems and Processes.  In addition to supporting the companies tactical "Care and Feeding" of all the tools, Chas is the business architect for the next evolution of connected tools.

Chas has always had a passion for aircraft/aerospace.  Not only has he been involved with the design & development of aircraft platforms he possesses a Multi-Engine Commercial Pilots license.

Chas has been married for 28 years, has two married daughters (a Sales Executive & a Biomedical Engineer), enjoys tinkering, woodworking, metalworking, mechanics, electronics, ranching, hunting, fishing, hiking & overland off-roading.

Professional Affiliations/Leadership Experience:

Member of COE - 2007-Present

COE Co-Leader for 3DExperience Discovery Panel - 2017-Present

COE Board of Directors Secretary - 2018-Present

Industry Advisory Board, Tarrant County Community College - 2016-Present

Mayor, City of Annetta South, Texas - 2016-Present


B.S. Aerospace Engineering - Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Daytona Beach) - 1991

Aviation Business Management - University of New Haven - 1999

M.S.  Systems Engineering - Southern Methodist University - 2011


Bryan Caton, Elbit Systems of America
(Third year of three year term; 1st term)

Bryan Caton has worked in multiple industries (Aerospace, Residential Construction, Food and Beverage, Hospitality, as well as 31 years in the military).  He has also spent significant time in other countries giving him an understanding of cultures outside of the US. He worked within the engineering services function at Parker Aerospace for 15 years implementing Dassault and other products. Bryan currently is leading the effort for Triumph Aerospace and previously worked for Accenture doing similar application development and deployments for 3 years. 

Educational Experience:
BS Aero from Texas A&M

MBA Supply and Value Chain from Texas Christian


Russ Mahoney, Rivian
(Second year of three year term; 1st term)

Russ Mahoney is the current Engineering Product Lifecycle Manager, Model-based Definition/Design Methods Manager, and Skill Team Captain, Technical Drafter at The Boeing Company. Russ holds degrees in Bachelors of Business Administration (BA) and Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Washington. Over his 30 year career, he has held past roles at General Dynamics and Boeing. Russ hopes his many years of experience within the PLM industry, in both technical and leadership roles, will help to shape the future of COE by working with the Boeing executives and shaping the mindset and perspective and identifying the ideal target attendees.

Director at Large

Doug Klutzke, Boom Supersonic
(Second year of a three year term; 1st term)

Doug Klutzke is currently the Engineering Technical Specialist of Systems Integration and Preliminary Design at Gulfstream Aerospace. Doug has also held past roles at Cessna and L3 Communications. He is a current SMSWG member and former SAE member. He holds a Bachelors of Science in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from Purdue University. 

Director at Large

Edward Alexander Ladzinski, E.A. Ladzinski & Associates
(Second year of a three year term; 2nd term)

Edward Ladzinski began his career as a Manufacturing Engineer, NC Programmer and Tool Designer with Burroughs Corp. (now Unisys Corp.). In 1978, he joined IBM in the Kingston, NY laboratory as a Research & Development Engineer. During his 32-year career with IBM, Mr. Ladzinski worked in many different positions within engineering including research, product design and development and analysis and simulation. Immediately upon retirement Mr. Ladzinski joined Dassault Systemes. While at Dassault Systemes he served as the Systems Engineering leader for the Americas. In 2014, he left Dassault Systemes and formed his own company dedicated solely to systems engineering. Today, Mr. Ladzinski is the CEO and Co-Founder of SMS_ThinkTank™.

Mr. Ladzinski also serves on the NAFEMS Americas Steering Committee and is co-founder of the Stochastics Working Group and Simulation Data Management working group. Also, he co-founded the joint INCOSE/NAFEMS Systems Modeling and Simulation working group which has over 200 members representing many OEMs and suppliers in automotive and aerospace. He is the chairman of the Analysis & Simulation and Systems Engineering tracks at COE and was awarded the COE Fellow distinction in 2013. In 2016 he was elected into the COE Board of Directors. He was also the winner of the best conference papers in 2012 and 2016 with presentations on Systems Engineering and Collaboration. He is an engineering graduate of RIT (Rochester Institute of Technology) and performed his graduate work in Engineering and Business at RIT and UNCC (University of North Carolina Charlotte), respectively.

Immediate Past President

Mike Clare, Boeing
(First year of three year term)

Mike has 25+ years in the aerospace and defense industry, mostly with The Boeing Company. Currently, he is a systems engineer serving as the senior lead on the Support Technology, Technical Data and Training team within Boeing Research and Technology (BR&T). His duties require conducting research in the areas of global customer support for commercial airlines and the US Government – it is Mike’s job to find or build new technologies that improve fleet maintainability and sustainability for Boeing’s customers. His present assignment is an investigative thrust to exploit using 3D engineering source information within the support environment. In particular, Mike is trying to influence CAD suppliers to offer tools and processes that will support products throughout their lifecycles.

Prior to his work with BR&T, Mike worked as a manufacturing engineer for 14 years in areas such as tool design, NC programming, process planning, process engineering and many years as a CAD/CAM site support lead. Mike has been involved in CAD/DAM since his career started with Grumman Aerospace, initially with 2D CADAM systems, then migrating to 3D using CATIA. He has used DELMIA for 3+ years to support Boeing’s 787 maintainability centers of excellence, as well as ENOVIA LCA. Mike also was the lead/system manager for Boeing when working with Dassault Systemes to develop DMU PI as the low-end viewer of V5 data during the late 90s early 200 (V5R2). These responsibilities required communicating with Dassault product managers on a regular basis to understand the requirements and needs of the user community more completely.

Mike has been an active participant at COE since 1996, giving his first presentation in 1997 entitled, “Elimination of Detail Part Drawings”. Since then, Mike has been a presenter six different times at either COE annual events or COE A&D Workshops. As his COE experience matured, Mike became at PIC chairperson in 2006 when he presented the need for a Service After Sales PIC – he has been growing this community within COE since the PIC was created, as demonstrated by increasing numbers of attendees and people willing to present. For the past year, Mike has participated in event planning as the co-chairperson for the 2010 COE A&D Workshop in Ft. Worth Texas as well as still maintaining his role as SAS Process Chair. Mike has also been a COE ATE presenter and a COE forum monitor. Mike has proven through his actions that COE is truly a year round event.

Mike was instrumental in developing the CATIA Operators of Puget Sound (COPS) Regional User Group and served as a Secretary/Vice President. Due to industry consolidation and other factors, COPS is no longer active.

Because of his extensive research and development work within the CAD environment, Mike is often asked to present at various venues to share his knowledge and experiences across a broad array of topics. Most recently, he presented at the 2010 Dassasult Systemes Customer Conference and the Defense Manufacturing Conference in both 2010 and 2006.

Professional Affiliations/Leadership Experience:
COE A&D Co-Chair 2010
Membership Chairman – Student Chapter Society of Manufacturing Engineers – State University New York at Farmingdale
Member of COE since 1996
COPS RUG, Secretary/Vice President 2005-2007
Vice President – The Meadows of Enumclaw HOA 2001-2004
High School Lacrosse Coach – 2007-Present

Educational Experience:
1983 AAS – Mechanical Engineering Technology – SUNY at Farmingdale
1985 – Manufacturing Engineering Technology – Weber State College

Value Added Re-seller Director

Jim Jordan, Key Performance
(Second year of a two year term)

In 1983, Jim Jordan became a CAD/CAM application engineer, allowing him to understand and solve the technical challenges in many industries. When he switched to Sales and then Management, he added the ability to match the business value with the technical capabilities. Jim's relationship with Dassault Systems began in 1997 when he joined IST. Later, he spent over a decade focused on global engineering and engineering technology. Jim formed the "Digital Transformation" division of Key Performance in 2020 to follow his passion for model-based systems engineering. Jim has embraced volunteering, joining the board of directors for in 2020 after serving the Marketing and MBSE groups. He also served as Chairman (5 years) of The American Institute of Wine and Food, a non-profit, all-volunteer organization. Lastly, he contributes time and funding for many STEAM initiatives.

Dassault Systemes Directors

Tracey Wade
Dassault Systemes

Tracey Wade is employed by Dassault Systemes Americas Corporation. She is currently the Director in High Tech Industry Solution Experience Consulting.

Rani Richardson
Dassault Systemes

Rani Richardson is employed by Dassault Systemes Americas Corporation. She is currently the Composites & Additive Manufacturing Director of CATIA Technical Sales.