Executive Bios

Founders

Greg Bentley

Chief Executive Officer, President and Chairman of the Board

Greg joined his four brothers at Bentley Systems in 1991. Previously, he founded a financial trading software firm, which became part of SunGard Data Systems, Inc., an S&P 500 company on whose public-company board Greg served from 1991 through 2005. He holds an M.B.A. in finance and decision sciences from Wharton. Greg is a trustee of Drexel University, where he also serves as chairman of the advisory board for the Pennoni Honors College, and a trustee of the National Building Museum.

Keith A. Bentley

Executive Vice President, Chief Technology Officer

Keith is a founder of Bentley Systems and is the principal architect of the company’s technology directions. He has served as a director and an executive officer since Bentley’s inception, and was the company’s president until 1995 and CEO until 2000. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Delaware and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Florida. Keith is the primary inventor on numerous company patents.

Barry J. Bentley, Ph.D.

Executive Vice President

Barry is a founder of Bentley Systems and has served as a director and an executive officer since the company’s inception in 1984. He is one of the originators of MicroStation and has been continuously involved in the planning and development of Bentley’s software applications and technology. Barry served as chairman of the board from 1984 to 1996. His software development career dates back to 1979, when he co-founded and served as vice president of Dynamic Solutions Corporation, developing products for data acquisition and analysis. Barry holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Delaware and an M.S. and Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the California Institute of Technology.

Raymond B. Bentley

Executive Vice President

Ray is one of the original developers at Bentley Systems and has served as a director since 2015. He is a lead developer for MicroStation and a chief architect in the Core-Graphics group. Ray earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a master’s degree in computer engineering from the University of Cincinnati.

Executive Cabinet

Bhupinder Singh

Chief Product Officer

Bhupinder joined Bentley in 1994 and was appointed to chief product officer in 2016. His team is responsible for the development, sales, and user success of Bentley’s industry-leading software solutions for advancing infrastructure. His prior roles at Bentley include senior vice president of Bentley Software, senior vice president of the Platform Products Group, and managing director of sales for Bentley South Asia. Prior to Bentley, Bhupinder held various software engineering positions at Montgomery Watson Hazra (now Stantec-MWH), Bell Labs, and Intergraph Corporation. Bhupinder holds a master’s degree in computer science from Rutgers University and a master’s degree in structural engineering from Vanderbilt University. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, and a certificate in management from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

Carey Mann

Chief Marketing Officer

Carey joined Bentley in 2000 after the acquisition of HMR, where he served as COO. He was appointed to chief marketing officer in 2016. His prior roles with Bentley include vice president of industry marketing and vice president of solutions. Earlier in his career, Carey served as executive vice president of Morgan Technologies and founder and vice president of operations of Greentree Technologies. Carey earned a bachelor’s degree in history from McGill University and an MBA from the University of Ottawa.

Chris Barron

Chief Communications Officer

Chris joined Bentley as vice president of corporate marketing in 2008 and was appointed to chief communications officer in 2016. A registered architect, Chris left architectural practice in 1983 to pursue a career in the marketing of computer-aided-design software to the AEC industry. Prior to joining Bentley, he served as marketing director for the AEC Market Group at Autodesk, corporate marketing manager of Softdesk, and senior marketing manager at Intergraph. Chris holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and geography from Middlebury College and a master’s degree in architecture from Harvard University.

David Hollister

Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer

David has served as Bentley’s chief financial officer since joining the company in 2007. He is responsible for Bentley’s portfolio development activities, including M&A, venture subsidiaries, and Accelerated Commercial Development. David also leads Bentley’s Operations Advancement organization, as well as its business intelligence, IT, and cloud provisioning functions. Prior to joining Bentley, David served as CFO and a member of the board of directors for Broder Bros., Co., and as a director in the M&A Transaction Services practice at PriceWaterhouseCoopers, LLP. He is a C.P.A. and holds an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan.

David Shaman

Chief Legal Officer and Secretary

David joined Bentley in 1998 as deputy general counsel in its Netherlands office and was named Bentley’s chief legal officer in 2016. Prior to this role, he served Bentley as general counsel and was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the legal department’s global operations. Before joining Bentley, David was with the Washington, D.C.-based law firm Covington & Burling LLP, in its Brussels, Belgium, office. David earned a juris doctorate degree from Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania.

Gus Bergsma

Chief Revenue Officer and SVP

Gus joined Bentley in 2005 after its acquisition of RAM International. He was named Chief Revenue Officer and SVP in 2016 and leads all of Bentley’s accounts globally. Gus has held several executive management roles at Bentley including global sales of structural and water applications and all small and medium-sized accounts. He is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley with a master’s degree and a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. Gus attained his civil engineer registration in California and practiced structural engineering early in his career.

Florence Zheng

Chief Talent Officer

Florence was named chief talent officer in 2015. She is responsible for colleague talent management and development and oversees the company’s global human resources functions. Prior to her current position, Zheng served as vice president of talent management. Over the past decade she has led Bentley’s human resources associated with creating and developing the company’s Asia organization. Zheng began her career with Shell in recruiting, compensation, and business HR and also served in a human resources management position with GE Energy in China. Zheng earned a bachelor’s degree from Shanghai International Studies University and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

William (Rob) Whitesell

Chief Platform Officer

Rob joined Bentley in 2005 after its acquisition of Enterprise Software Solutions, Inc., which he co-founded, and was appointed to chief platform officer in 2016. He is responsible for 10 company divisions across a broad range of technologies and functions including CONNECT Cloud Services, core design modeling technology that underpins all Bentley design applications, information management platforms, business intelligence systems, and talent acquisition. In prior roles with Bentley, Rob served as senior vice president of software engineering and vice president of plant products. Rob holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Florida State University.   

Executive Cabinet – Product Advancement

Alan Kiraly

Senior Vice President, Asset Performance

Alan joined Bentley in 2010 following Bentley’s acquisition of Enterprise Informatics, where he served as CEO. Alan was named senior vice president, asset performance in 2016. He leads Bentley’s Asset Performance Advancement Team, which is responsible for the development, marketing, service, support, and business development of offerings for improving asset performance. His prior roles with Bentley include senior vice president of server products, asset performance and vice president of operations, product management. Alan holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Michigan State University and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Dayton.

Harry Vitelli

Senior Vice President, Project Delivery

Harry joined Bentley in 2008 and was appointed to senior vice president of project delivery in 2016. He is responsible for product strategy, product development, and pre/post-sale support of Bentley’s portfolio of ProjectWise applications. In previous roles with Bentley, Harry served as vice president of construction and vice president of platform product management. Prior to Bentley, he held several senior management positions at Adobe Systems. Harry has a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Spring Garden College.

Santanu Das

Senior Vice President, Design Modeling

Santanu joined Bentley in 2005 after the acquisition of Research Engineers International and was named senior vice president of design modeling in 2016. Santanu manages global sales, marketing, development, and services of the company’s building, plant, electrical, civil, and reality modeling applications. His prior roles with Bentley include vice president of design and simulation, vice president of structural and building, and vice president of the structural group. Santanu earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Southern California and a master’s degree in civil engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Phil Christensen

Vice President, Analytical Modeling

Phil joined Bentley in 2011 after the company’s acquisition of FormSys, where he was founder and CEO. He was named vice president of analytical modeling in 2016 and is responsible for the company’s portfolio of analysis and simulation software including structural, bridge, offshore, and site optimization. He also leads the development of a range of new cloud services for mobile access to analysis models and Scenario Services for design optioneering. His prior roles with Bentley include vice president of offshore and optioneering, vice president of offshore and marine, and director of product development/marine. Phil earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of Auckland and a master’s degree in engineering science from the University of Western Australia.