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July 12, 2022

aPriori Marks its Next Chapter in Innovation, Appoints Chief Technology Officer and Chief Product Officer

CONCORD, MASS. – aPriori today named two executives to spearhead R&D and product strategy for its Manufacturing Insights Platform, which enables manufacturers to launch their products on time, on budget, and minimize environmental impact. aPriori appointed Ronnie Thomson as Chief Technology Officer and Fielder Hiss as Chief Product Officer.

Mr. Thomson and Mr. Hiss have proven experience bringing new software and solutions to market while also scaling operations to support high growth and high performance. Their collective experience includes leadership positions at Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks, a virtual product design platform provider, and sustainability-focused solutions providers EnerNOC and Uplight.

“Ronnie and Fielder both have impressive credentials leading innovation efforts and scaling new capabilities to provide high performance amid rapid growth,” said Stephanie Feraday, aPriori President and Chief Executive Officer. “aPriori’s manufacturing insights are helping business executives navigate rising costs, supply chain bottlenecks, and other hurdles confidently amid uncertainty.”

Ronnie Thomson, Chief Technology Officer
Ronnie Thomson has extensive experience leading technology innovation at global solutions providers including Uplight, Zoll Data, and Peoplefluent. His background includes designing a cloud-based platform strategy that delivers high performance and availability for nearly 20 products, driving value from multiple acquisitions by integrating 12 different product roadmaps into a single delivery model. And Mr. Thomson has led the technology transition to cloud-based solutions while maintaining continuous delivery cycles at multiple companies.

Fielder Hiss, Chief Product Officer
For the past two decades, Fielder Hiss has consistently directed new product development that addresses unmet market needs and provides competitive differentiation. Mr. Hiss held multiple positions during his 14-year career at Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks – including vice president of product marketing and project management. He also led product strategy for cloud-based solutions providers, including LiveAction, Continuum, and EnerNOC. Mr. Hiss holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of New Hampshire.

About aPriori
aPriori is the leading provider of digital manufacturing simulation software that brings product design and sourcing teams closer to production. By leveraging the digital twin within our digital factories, we automatically generate manufacturing intelligence that helps manufacturers collaborate across the product development process to make better design, sourcing, and manufacturing decisions that yield higher-value products in less time. aPriori solutions are now available in the cloud or on-premise. Headquartered in Concord, Mass., aPriori also has offices in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and Munich, Germany. To learn more about aPriori, visit

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