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Altair ProductDesign Names John Calabrese to its Board of Directors

Newly formed body will advise the growing Altair consulting business TROY, Mich., Jan. 8, 2015 – Altair today announced that John Calabrese, former General Motors Vice President of Global Vehicle Engineering, will join a newly formed board of directors for Altair ProductDesign, a wholly owned subsidiary focused on product development, enterprise solutions, and customer site services. The board has been established for the U.S.-based entity, but will guide all Altair consulting business initiatives around the world.

Calabrese's career at General Motors spanned more than three decades and included multiple functional and operational roles across the company, culminating in his leadership of the company's global vehicle engineering organization from 2011-2014.

“The role of Altair ProductDesign is to support and demonstrate Altair’s vision of how simulation-driven design radically improves the way companies design products and make decisions," noted Mike Heskitt, Chief Operating Officer of Altair ProductDesign. "Given Mr. Calabrese’s remarkable background in product engineering, his insights and guidance as a member of our board of directors will be invaluable.”

"I am honored to join the Altair ProductDesign board of directors, as I have been a longtime admirer of Altair's innovative engineering methods and solutions. Altair began life as an engineering consulting company back in 1985, and it shows - applied expertise in multiple domains and industries coupled with a strong customer focus makes Altair a very strong partner, particularly in emerging computer-aided engineering technologies."

The board appointment is effective immediately. Calabrese holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology, and a master’s degree in administration from Central Michigan University.

About Altair ProductDesign
Altair ProductDesign is a global, multi-disciplinary product development consultancy of more than 700 designers, engineers, scientists, and creative thinkers. A wholly owned subsidiary of Altair, this organization is best known for its market leadership in combining engineering expertise with computer-aided engineering (CAE) technology to deliver innovation and automate processes. Altair ProductDesign embraces a user-centered, team-based design approach, utilizing proprietary simulation and optimization technologies like Altair HyperWorks® to help clients bring innovative, profitable products to market on a tighter, more efficient timescale. To learn more, please visit www.altairproductdesign.com.

About Altair
Altair is focused on the development and broad application of simulation technology to synthesize and optimize designs, processes and decisions for improved business performance. Privately held with more than 2,300 employees, Altair is headquartered in Troy, Michigan, USA and operates more than 40 offices throughout 22 countries. Today, Altair serves more than 5,000 corporate clients across broad industry segments. To learn more, please visit www.altair.com.

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