John McEleney, an entrepreneur and industry luminary, has spent his career transforming businesses, driving corporate strategy and forecasting what’s next in product development and manufacturing. With more than 30 years of experience in mechanical design and software, McEleney understands the innovation challenges customers face in today’s hyper-connected world, and helps them navigate the digital era. He is now the corporate vice president of strategy at PTC.
In 2012, McEleney launched Onshape -- the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) product development platform. It is the only product development platform that’s architected for the cloud, enables engineers to design products on-demand, and collaborate in real time -- without being tethered to a machine or device. Onshape was acquired in 2019 by PTC for $470 million. Previously, McEleney was the CEO of CloudSwitch, a cloud enterprise software company acquired by Verizon, and the CEO of SolidWorks, acquired by Dassault Systèmes for $310 million.
McEleney serves as a director of Stratasys Inc., a publicly held 3D printing company. He holds a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from the University of Rochester, a Master of Science in manufacturing systems engineering from Boston University, and an MBA from Northeastern University.
When he is not planning global strategy or interacting with customers, McEleney enjoys skiing, golf, and adventure travel. He lives in Massachusetts with his wife, son and daughter.