Sean Flaherty is Chief Executive Officer of Nemetschek Vectorworks, Inc., the maker of Vectorworks software. The Vectorworks line of software products provides professional design solutions for more than 450,000 designers in the AEC, entertainment, and landscape design industries. As CEO, Sean provides strategic leadership to the company and works with the Board of Directors and Executive Management Team to establish and meet company sales, growth, and market share objectives.
- Has been with the company since its first year
- Was a proponent of Building Information Modeling (BIM) before it became an industry trend
An innovator and proponent of computer aided design (CAD) software for more than 25 years, Sean is an industry veteran who has played an instrumental part in creating design software that works the way designers think.
He began his career as a software engineer with Diehl Graphsoft Inc. and was hired to add 2D drafting for MiniCAD, the precursor to Vectorworks, which was only 3D. He took on increasingly management-focused roles and was Vice President of Engineering when Diehl Graphsoft merged with Nemetschek AG in 2000. After serving as Chief Technology Officer, he was named CEO in 2005. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Maryland.
Notable and Quotable:
"The ability to engage customers and distributors in the development of the product is one of our key strengths. Vectorworks software is really is a product by and for our customers and, because of the open communication our developers have with our users, we are more approachable than other vendors."
"Converting successfully from a founder-run company to professional management inside a German holding company is a big accomplishment. We’ve managed to maintain the entrepreneurial spirit while transforming the company’s structure."
Sean is proud of cultivating a culture of personal empowerment at Nemetschek Vectorworks, where all employees have a voice and the ability to do their jobs as best they can.
Outside of Nemetschek Vectorworks, Sean’s life is very family-focused. He and his wife have three children. They live a very urban lifestyle and enjoy spending time taking in the sites of Washington, D.C.
Sean plays soccer for an indoor league. He is also an avid cyclist and rides a Bacchetta recumbent bike.
He also has a love of history and photography, and takes advantage of opportunities to explore these interests through his trips to abroad to meet customers and distributors.
Former CEO Mr. Diehl is chairman of Nemetschek Vectorworks. He is the founder of Diehl Graphsoft Inc. and served as its president and CEO since its inception in 1985. Prior to establishing the company, Mr. Diehl was a computer engineer for Privac, Inc., of Falls Church, Virginia, until March, 1985. Previously, he worked as a computer engineer for the Bendix Aerospace Technology Center in Columbia, Maryland, and as an engineering technician with W.R. Grace & Co. Mr. Diehl holds a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University.
With responsibilities spanning a number of areas at Nemetschek Vectorworks, including sales, marketing, training, technical support, and customer service, Stewart oversees all go-to-market functions of the company to create the best possible experience for the Vectorworks customer.
Stewart manages the international channel and leads the U.S. sales team. He balances the needs of the company’s direct and indirect sales channels while developing effective sales and marketing strategies targeted to diverse audiences around the world. He oversees the company’s global communications efforts, and directs Nemetschek Vectorworks’ global product fulfillment and customer service departments. His team also serves as a conduit for customer feedback to the Vectorworks R&D team.
As CTO, Biplab leads a team of software engineers and managers, quality assurance specialists, and technical writers to develop the feature set for Vectorworks software. He continually seeks out technology innovations and evaluates the competitive landscape to ensure Vectorworks software remains a best-in-class CAD and BIM solution for designers in the architecture, landscape, and entertainment industries.
As Chief Financial Officer of Nemetschek Vectorworks, Inc., Maria drives efficiency improvements across several areas, including systems and the accurate and timely reporting of historical financial information. She also oversees the company's capital structure and determines the best mix of debt, equity, and internal financings.
Mr. Pharr is the Chief Information Officer of Nemetschek Vectorworks. He has been with Nemetschek Vectorworks since 1991, and has also held the position of Chief Technology Officer. As CIO, Mr. Pharr is responsible for IT, management information systems, web applications and delivery technologies.
Prior to joining the company, Mr. Pharr developed mathematical induction solution software for Abtech, Inc., in Charlottesville, VA. He has researched and written in the fields of artificial intelligence and 3D graphics, as well as authored articles for software development publications.
He holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Virginia’s School of Engineering and a Master of Science in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University.
Robert leads the Integrated Practice team at Nemetschek Vectorworks. In this role, he oversees the direction and scope of new product development. He also acts as an industry liaison with standards agencies, competitors, and customers.
In addition, Robert is a software architect and has designed features for the Vectorworks Architect software, 2D/3D integration, and interoperability capabilities.