Front row former M&S Computing Execs: Bill Salter, Bob Thurber, Jim Meadlock, Larry Laster
Back row current Hexagon Execs: Scott Moore (PPM), Mattias Stenberg (PPM), Steven Cost (Safety & Infrastructure), Tammer Olibah (US Federal), Mladen Stojic (Geospatial)
By Mattias Stenberg
Hexagon PPM President
Yesterday we celebrated a milestone that many technology companies can only dream of. We commemorated 50 years of being in business.
The longevity and success of the company that is now called Hexagon PPM is an anomaly. Why it happened here includes a storied history of smart people, product line transformations, epic patent battles and intelligent acquisitions.
We are a large software company that began as a tiny hardware company that saw evolution after evolution. Tens of thousands of people have worked for businesses that spun off from M&S Computing, which was founded in 1969 by a handful of folks who had worked at IBM, crafting technology involved in the moon race.
What I see as the common denominator in M&S (which then became Intergraph, which now comprises three business divisions within Hexagon AB), is tenacious character. From the founders 50 years ago to the people who are working for Hexagon all over the globe today, these are people who have vision and want to do well.
It was an honor to meet Jim Meadlock – who along with the late Terry Schansman – were the M&S of M&S Computing. He is a brilliant man who created an impressive company.
I moved to Huntsville, Alabama, to PPM headquarters two and a half years ago, and it’s been humbling to see how ingrained this company is here. Everywhere I ago I meet someone who has some sort of relationship to it.
As I shared with Mr. Meadlock our campus and our technology yesterday, I was showing him how we are continuing that legacy of innovation, hard work and big ideas. It proves the point that the successful are not static. You must continually be envisioning a better way of doing what you’re doing … and imagining how you can broaden your scope.
I am proud to be a small part of the story, and I’m looking forward to the next 50 years.
Watch as longtime Hexagon employees - past and present - share their memories:
As Hexagon PPM President, Mattias Stenberg is responsible for the global strategic direction and overall business development of the company. He has an MBA in economics from Linköping University and a degree in computer sciences from Stockholm University, both in Sweden.