Huw Roberts takes helm at Graphisoft

Graphisoft appoints former US architect and Bentley executive Huw Roberts as its next CEO.

Graphisoft logoHungary-based BIM software giant Graphisoft has appointed one-time Bentley executive Huw Roberts as its new chief executive officer. He succeeds Viktor Várkonyi, who will be heading the parent Nemetschek group’s new planning division.

During 27 years at Graphisoft, Várkonyi contributed to several technology innovations that bolstered the widespread growth of BIM in the industry. In 10 years as CEO, he tripled the company’s revenues and helped consolidate its position as a global leader in BIM for architects and designers.

Huw RobertsAn architect by early training, Roberts has three decades of leadership experience in the software industry and architectural profession. He spent 17 years at US-based Bentley Systems (where I met him several times at Bentley Year In Infrastructure events in London, usually to discuss ProjectWise and related collaboration technology developments). He was then chief marketing officer at BlueCielo, a Netherlands-based asset lifecycle information management provider acquired by US corporate real estate software vendor Accruent in late 2017 (in January 2018 Accruent also acquired Newcastle, UK-based Kykloud – post).

Roberts, a native of Philadelphia in the US, will relocate to Budapest to take up his new role.

Roberts’s past experience with construction collaboration technologies will clearly help him at Graphisoft, where, in 2009, its design authoring flagship ArchiCAD 13 was breaking new ground in BIM collaboration. In November 2013 parent Nemetschek launched its BIM+ cloud platform and in February 2014, Graphisoft launched its BIMx Docs mobile app. Graphisoft and Nemetschek remain strong supporters of the Open BIM initiative.

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