Red Cedar Hires Biz Dev Boss, Elects New Chairman

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Lansing-based Red Cedar Technology has elected a new board chairman and added a new director of business development.

Angelo Flemings is the new business development director. He has more than 25 years of experience in high-tech software, concept design, product design, engineering, manufacturing, testing and computer hardware. He has applied his knowledge in a variety of industries, including academic, aerospace, automotive, biomechanics, boating, general machinery, manufacturing, and railways. Prior to joining Red Cedar Technology, Flemings held senior executive, sales, and marketing positions at companies such as MSC Software, Mechanical Dynamics, Megatek, Hewlett-Packard, General Motors and Perkin-Elmer.

Flemings began his career as one of the first users of commercial computer aided design and manufacturing technology. His desire to participate more actively in business development motivated him to transition to direct sales and executive sales management, where he has consistently been a top performer at each organization. Flemings’ current career highlights include assisting Computervision and Mechanical Dynamics to go public, expanding territories and opening new offices, developing executive-level business opportunities, and acquiring HG Engineering’s Design Analysis Group, which was profitable immediately after its purchase.

Flemings has held positions on various boards, such as the Michigan Small Aircraft Transportation Systems board, the Highland Park Leadership Steering Committee (working directly with the Governor of the State of Michigan), the Highland Park Business Association and others. He is regularly involved in community-based activities.

“Angelo shares our dedication to providing the best technology, products, support and service to the engineering community. His high energy and desire to create win-win scenarios will help us build even stronger relationships with our customers and partners,” said Ron Averill, CEO of Red Cedar Technology.

Also, Robert Ryan has been elected chairman of the board of Red Cedar.

Ryan has more than 25 years of experience in the high tech software industry and also currently serves as Chairman and CEO of AboutGolf Ltd.

Ryan previously served as president of Mechanical Dynamics Inc. He led MDI from start-up to more than $50 million in annual revenue, took the company public, completed seven international acquisitions, and positioned MDI as the leader in its market sector. In 2002, Ryan oversaw the sale of the company to MSC.Software and served as executive vice president of the combined firm.

Ryan received his bachelor’s degree in engineering and business from the University of Cincinnati, and holds M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in engineering from Stanford University. He spent two years on the mechanical engineering faculty at the University of Michigan, where he received the Exxon Outstanding Educator Award and carried out research sponsored by the National Science Foundation.

Ryan has written more than 20 journal articles and book chapters about computer simulation and the global IT market, and he is frequently invited to speak at international conferences.

Ryan has served on advisory boards with the National Institutes of Health, the SimBios National Center for Biomedical Computing, University of Cincinnati, Michigan State University, Silicon Graphics, and GDI Infotech. He volunteers with Junior Achievement, Focus Hope, Love Inc., Special Olympics, and The Salvation Army.

“Global market leaders are increasingly focusing on product optimization to propel their growth, and Red Cedar Technology has established itself as the preeminent provider of this technology,” Ryan said.

Added Red Cedar CEO Averill: “Due to his tremendous experience and success, Bob is one of the most highly respected leaders in the CAE industry. We are honored to have him serve as our new chairman and to help direct the growth of our organization.”

Red Cedar Technology improves and accelerates design processes for companies facing complex engineering challenges. Red Cedar’s design optimization software and consulting services provide engineers with the expertise and technology to reduce product development time and to achieve significant productivity gains during the design process. Product development teams worldwide use Red Cedar to design safer cars, engineer life-saving biomedical instruments and devices, and develop innovative structures for air travel and space exploration, among many other groundbreaking applications.

More at www.redcedartech.com.

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