Executive Bios

SEAN FLAHERTY, Chief Executive Officer

Sean Flaherty is Chief Executive Officer of Nemetschek Vectorworks, Inc., based in the US. As CEO, Sean provides strategic leadership to the company by establishing and meeting company sales, growth, and market share objectives. At the same time, he brings his comprehensive knowledge of international markets and his deep experience in the software industry to the Executive Board of Nemetschek AG, based in Germany. In this role, he defines and executes the overall Nemetschek Group strategy in the global architecture, engineering, construction, and management markets.

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RICHARD DIEHL, Chairman

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.


STEWART ROM, Chief Marketing Officer

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.

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DR. BIPLAB SARKAR, Chief Technology Officer

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.

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MARIA BIBLE, Chief Financial Officer

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.

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Achievements:

  • Promoted to the position of Chief Financial Officer at Nemetschek Vectorworks, Inc. in September 2012, following six successful years as the company's controller.
  • Implemented an internal control system, added automation for incoming payments and transactions, and streamlined information processing.

Background/Experience:
Maria's previous experience includes working as a Financial Operations Principal for Capital Financial Group's $45-million-dollar broker-dealer H. Beck, Inc. In this role, she was responsible for coordinating financial reporting to the executive team, as well as the timely filing of required reports with the SEC. She also coordinated the company's periodic regulatory and annual financial statement audits.

She gained additional experience in mutual funds, contracts, and accounting while serving in various roles at the State of Maryland's Office of Legislative Audits, Alex Brown (later purchased by Deutsche Bank), and Chevy Chase Bank.

Maria received a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Maryland, College Park. She earned her Certified Professional Accountant (CPA) credential in 2006, and is a member of the Maryland Association of CPAs.

Notable and Quotable:
Maria's position is a challenging one in that while the company is a wholly owned entity, its German-based parent company, Nemetschek AG, is publicly traded. However, Maria uses her institutional knowledge as an asset in achieving the company's financial goals while developing her department's technical accounting skills.

As Nemetschek Vectorworks' sales grow and become increasingly complex, Maria works to ensure that the accounting department keeps up with existing and emerging demands while striving to increase the efficiency of all accounting transactions. She's also intensely deadline-driven, and she directs her team to follow a strict schedule to meet all internal and external reporting requirements.

While financials may seem straightforward with the fundamental theory that debits must always equal credits, gray areas continually emerge that make the field exciting. For example, during her tenure at Nemetschek Vectorworks, Maria has faced exciting challenges, including making changes in accounting for sales versus revenues when the company introduced its software subscription program. She is always eager to evolve her skills and those of her team to meet such demands.

Personal Interests:
When not in the office, Maria likes to spend time with her husband and two young children.

She also enjoys rock climbing, SCUBA diving, and skiing, as well as archeology and traveling. Among her travels, she has skied Mont Blanc, dove in Puerto Rico, and hiked part of the Inca Trail in Peru.


PAUL PHARR, Chief Information Officer

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 ANDERSON, Vice President of Integrated Practice

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.

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