Executive Committee

GRAITEC relies on an experienced leadership team, led by our CEO, Manuel Liedot, and executives responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the company.Their mission is to drive GRAITEC’s internationalization and innovative software solutions development, while keeping customer satisfaction at the heart of all our efforts.

Our mission

We are BIM and modeling experts dedicated to empowering construction and manufacturing professionals to digitize and industrialize their processes to improve performance and build a sustainable tomorrow.


Executive Committee | GRAITEC Group
Executive Committee | GRAITEC Group

Francis GUILLEMARD, founder of GRAITEC Group

Trained as a structural engineer, he revolutionized the building industry by inventing software solutions to design, calculate and simulate building structures in an automated way. In particular, he was at the origin of the Advance Design software (formerly Effel) which has profoundly changed the profession of engineering offices.

Since 1986, he built GRAITEC’s success story through a policy of internal and external growth, until it became an international group present in 14 countries. Francis Guillemard was also a professor at the Conservatoire des Arts et Métiers in Paris, holding the chair of building and public works.


GRAITEC Executive Committee

Manuel Liedot


Vicky Davenport

Executive VP EMEA

Scott McMaster

Executive VP North America

Alexis Cornu Thenard


 Audrey Beauvillard


Laurent Laforest


Joseph Pais


Ionel Dragu


Edouard MAUREL

VP Strategy

Executive Committee | GRAITEC Group

Manuel Liedot – CEO

Having graduated with a structural engineering degree from ESTP in Paris, I joined Graitec in 1993 to pursue my passion for not only the industry, but how I could bring technology into the workplace and help companies work more effectively.

I was co-inventor of the French leading Rebar design and detailing software Arche (together with the founder of Graitec, Francis Guillemard and the now V.P of AEC at Autodesk, Nicolas Mangon).

Having worked in software engineering, customer support, product management, and business development I now lead Graitec globally. I am extremely proud to serve as CEO, as Graitec has a high industry vision for the future, extremely loyal clients, and over 700 highly skilled staff.

Vicky Davenport – Executive VP EMEA

Vicky Davenport thrives on rapid change. Beginning at Xerox, she quickly found her niche in sales. Tackling various leadership roles, she led seven sales teams  specialising in the finance & professional services sector. Moving to Autodesk in 2015, she began as Manufacturing Sales Lead before transferring to lead EMEA Channel Sales. As the new Executive Vice President for EMEA, Davenport joins Graitec at a decisive moment. We sat down with Davenport to discuss her perspective on software sales, leadership strategy, and her vision for Graitec.

Executive Committee | GRAITEC Group
Executive Committee | GRAITEC Group

Scott McMaster – Executive VP North America

Formerly Managing Director with NTT Cloud Communications Americas, McMaster brings a dynamic and results-oriented leadership approach to the newly expanded Graitec Group in North America.

As an international executive with over 20 years of experience leading and developing teams in the B2B sector, McMaster will help build on the strengths of Applied Software and Graitec, to devise strategic capabilities and high-performance teams to drive better business outcomes for our clients.

Alexis Cornu Thenard – CFO

Alexis has 25 years of experience in the Tech & Software industry in various functions and countries (France, Gabon, US, Hong-Kong, UK).

He started his career at PwC as an auditor before starting or contributing to the successful growth of several international start-ups and PE-backed companies such as Arkadin (NTT Group).

He’s also an Investor and Board member.

At Graitec he leads Finance, M&A, and Operations.

Executive Committee | GRAITEC Group
Executive Committee | GRAITEC Group

 Audrey Beauvillard – CHRO

Audrey is a passionate HR leader whose goal is to make a deep business impact through our employee value proposition.

After graduating in Social Laws & HR in France, she honed her HR expertise over a long career with Microsoft where she spent almost 20 years navigating from local to global HR roles, moving from expert positions in Comp & Ben, Organization Capabilities,

Talent Management or Acquisition, to generalist roles with true HR Business Partnership where she supported global teams around the world to realize their potential. After such a long time in the same organization, she wanted the challenge of culture transformation  and elected Graitec as the place to make it happen !

Laurent Laforest – CMO

Laurent joined the company in June 2021 to create the central marketing function at Graitec and build a young and talented marketing and communications team.

Prior to joining Graitec, Laurent had a long career in marketing in sectors as different as banking with BNP PARIBAS, tourism with TRANSAT, cosmetics with L’OREAL, and retail with CARREFOUR.

As Chief Marketing Officer or Chief Digital Officer, he worked on digital transformation and adapting brands to new online topics.

Executive Committee | GRAITEC Group
Executive Committee | GRAITEC Group

Joseph Pais – CPO

Structural engineer with more than 25 years’ experience in the AEC industry, Joseph started at GRAITEC in 1997, as a structural engineer doing presales and projects on the internal calculation software’s (finite elements and reinforced concrete design software’s) and went through different jobs positions. He worked also on the specifications of Advance Design, an international FEM software.

Today, as Chief Product Officer, he defines the global GRAITEC IP products strategy in order to help professionals to digitize and industrialise their projects. He has been teaching dynamic analysis and reinforced concrete design for more than 15 years at the French university, Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers (CNAM), in Paris

Ionel Dragu – CTO

Ionel joined Graitec in 2000, with academic and professional achievements that include completing a PhD in Electronics and Communication, working as Lecturer at the Polytechnic University of Bucharest.

His journey at Graitec started with his role as R&D Manager, leading the development of Graitec software, such as the star-product Advance Design, Advance PowerPack, and Advance Steel (bought by Autodesk, in 2013). Today, Ionel is Graitec’s CTO, with a team of more than 100 people split between Software Engineering (R&D) and the IT Department.

Executive Committee | GRAITEC Group
Executive Committee | GRAITEC Group

Edouard MAUREL – VP Strategy

Edouard joined Graitec in 2021.

With a team of Transformation Officers, Edouard supports each function to harmonize Graitec’s way of working. Edouard oversees complex and transversal projects to ensure Graitec operates as “One”.

Before joining Graitec, Edouard worked in a startup incubator and at McKinsey & Company on both large transformation projects (e.g. Marketing and Sales Transformation programs, ERP implementation) and strategic initiatives (e.g. due diligence).

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