Julien Moutte to take over from Keith Bentley as CTO at Bentley Systems

Julien Moutte, Chief Technology Officer at Bentley Systems

Bentley Systems, Incorporated (Bentley Systems), the infrastructure engineering software company, announced forthcoming retirements: As of April 2023 founder Keith Bentley will step down as CTO to assume the role of Technology Advisor through his retirement later in the year, and will continue thereafter his service on Bentley Systems’ Board of Directors.

His successor as Chief Technology Officer will be Julien Moutte, currently Vice President of Technology; and David Hollister, currently Chief Investment Officer, will retire as of March 31, 2023. He was succeeded as Chief Financial Officer by Werner Andre at the beginning of 2022.

What does the reshuffle mean for Bentley Systems?

Commenting on the reshuffle, Chief Executive Officer Greg Bentley said, “It is practically unique for any mature software company to have had, for its lifetime, a chief inventor who has also been its chief evangelist, both for the work of its engineer users and developers.”

“Bentley Systems was founded in 1984 to commercialize Keith Bentley’s software for infrastructure engineering, and Keith’s contributions to the articulation of our work have never slowed down, culminating in our iTwin Platform for infrastructure digital twins. Keith has been working closely with Julien Moutte over the past two years. Together they are committed to assuring that iTwin benefits will extend to every one of our app and cloud services users.”

David Hollister served as Bentley Systems’ Chief Financial Officer from 2007 to 2022. Greg Bentley said, “David Hollister has zealously and adroitly stewarded our financial, portfolio development, and investment activities, and our IPO in 2020 would not have been possible without his drive and orchestration. I am further grateful to David for having nurtured such a capable CFO successor, Werner Andre, who has performed admirably over the past year.”

Greg Bentley, Chief Executive Officer at Bentley Systems

“It is difficult to imagine David ever ‘taking it easy,’ but along with all his colleagues and Bentley Systems’ external constituencies, I thank and congratulate him upon his retirement!”

What does Julien bring to Bentley Systems as CTO?

Soon-to-be CTO Julien Moutte joined Bentley Systems as VP of Technology in January 2021 from SAP, where he was Head of Technology for SAP Marketing Cloud. Julien’s expertise ranges from cloud operations and high availability platforms to multimedia and mobile.

Julien Moutte is an IT entrepreneur and investor and during the past 15 years has launched more than 10 companies in Europe and the United States. Based in Barcelona, Julien is fluent in Spanish, English, and French, and in 1998 graduated in computer science at Université Claude Bernard in Lyon, France. In addition, Julien worked in startup ventures, and at SAP, with Bentley Systems’ Chief Operating Officer Nicholas Cumins, to whom he reports.

Julien Moutte said, “Working with a visionary CTO like Keith Bentley is a rare privilege and a humbling experience, which I have enjoyed greatly for the past two years. Our iTwin Platform is uniquely positioned to help us and our users advance infrastructure for a world in dire need. I’m honored to succeed him, privileged to continue benefiting from his wisdom, and as Bentley Systems’ Chief Technology Officer I look forward to furthering his life’s work.”