Herk-de-Stad, Belgium — SCIA, a global provider of structural design software and member of the Nemetschek Group, announced the appointment of Mrs. Hilde Sevens to its board of directors as chief executive officer, effective Dec. 1, 2015. She succeeds former CEO and company founder Mr. Jean-Pierre Rammant, who recently retired.

Prior to starting at SCIA, Sevens acquired more than 10 years of top-tier experience in executive level product management, as well as in managing all aspects of business and product development, working for companies such as Siemens PLM and Autodesk in California. Armed with this international experience and an entrepreneurial spirit, she has extensive strengths in strategy building and driving the growth of established businesses with a focus on developing a clear vision.

“I am sincerely honored and extremely excited about being appointed CEO of SCIA,” said Sevens. “In the next decade, the construction industry will increasingly adopt new technologies such as BIM to promote extensive productivity gains. Being part of that transition, I’m fully committed to this challenge, taking SCIA to even greater heights, to become a global thought leader in the construction industry and steer innovation to the next level.”

Patrik Heider, spokesman of Nemetschek Group’s executive board said, “We are very thrilled to have Hilde as SCIA’s new CEO. The board believes that she is an inspiring asset to the company and its team. Hilde will foster SCIA to grow internationally through her far-reaching experience, talents and business acumen. We are all looking forward to closely work together and to see her successfully lead SCIA through exciting times.”

Heider added, "We send SCIA’s former CEO Mr. Jean-Pierre Rammant our best wishes and feel sure he will enjoy his hard-earned retirement. He was the very first CEO in the company's great history and has been a very stimulating leader ready for any challenge. We are all grateful for his numerous contributions to the firm’s growth and his legendary tenancy as CEO over the last 41 years."