I first met John Kawola at the SME Rapid event in the US a few years ago. I was still wet behind the ears and had much to learn about the industry — somethings never change! However, I found John's openness and honesty (given his then position as CEO at Z Corporation) refreshing at the time and so it remained whenever I met him at shows and events on both sides of the Atlantic. I would like to personally congratulate John and Spaceclaim on his appointment to the Board of Directors. You can find the full release from SpaceClaim below:
CONCORD, MA, February 5, 2013 – SpaceClaim, the leading provider of flexible and affordable 3D for engineering, design, and manufacturing, today announced John Kawola, CEO of Harvest Automation, an agricultural robotic start-up, has joined the SpaceClaim Board of Directors.
Prior to Harvest, John was the CEO of Z Corporation, one of the early pioneers of the 3D printing industry. Z Corporation was acquired in 2012. Prior to Z Corporation, John held technical and marketing positions at Albany International and General Electric. John holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University, an MS in Mechanical Engineering from Renssaeler and an MBA from Union College.
“I am thrilled to join SpaceClaim’s Board of Directors. I’m looking forward to contributing to the continued success of the company. I believe 3D Direct Modeling is the future of 3D design and I’m excited to help shape the continued growth and future of SpaceClaim,” said John Kawola.
“John brings a rare combination of experience to SpaceClaim, and I’m delighted to welcome him to our Board of Directors”, said Chris Randles, President & CEO of SpaceClaim. “At Z Corporation, an early innovator in 3D printing, John helped build a new category using indirect channels, and he understands the disruptive potential of SpaceClaim’s 3D Direct Modeling software. He has a deep and current understanding of the 3D design software market and, as an experienced mechanical engineer, he understands not just the market potential for democratizing 3D, but many of the limitations of CAD that slow innovation today”.