Teton Simulation names Doug Kenik as CEO
Effective immediately, Doug Kenik replaces Mike Kmetz, who advances to the company’s Board of Directors. The company expects to drive new standards in professional 3D printing.
Doug Kenik (left) and Mike Kmetz (right). Photo Credit: Teton Simulation.
3D printing simulation software company Teton Simulation (Layramie, Wyo., U.S.) has named former VP of Product, Doug Kenik, to the role of CEO, replacing Mike Kmetz, who will join as chairman of the company’s Board of Directors. This change will be effective immediately.
Mike Kmetz co-founded Teton Simulation in 2016 and led the company through its formation and early funding rounds. Under his direction, Teton launched its transformative product, SmartSlice for Cura in the fall of 2020 and has been instrumental in fostering the partnership with Ultimaker and other key OEMs.
“I’m extremely proud of everything we achieved at Teton Simulation. Early on, we were selected to receive funding from the National Science Foundation [NSF]. Their program is very competitive and when we were chosen to be part of the program, it was huge, providing seed money to recruit the key people we needed to get started,” says Mike Kmetz. “We are so fortunate to have been able to recruit an all-star staff. This team has developed a world-class product that I truly believe is going to make a significant impact on the 3D printing industry. I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished and am thrilled to now serve as chairman on the company’s Board of Directors.”
Doug Kenik has extensive experience and a proven track record for growing complex businesses with his expertise in software as a service in advanced materials and manufacturing processes. With his background in leading product and R&D in competitive environments, Doug is reported to deliver the precise skills necessary to accelerate Teton Simulation. Prior to joining Teton Simulation, Doug was a researcher and application engineer at Firehole Composites (Layramie, Wyo., U.S.), which was sold to Autodesk (San Rafael, Calif., U.S.) in 2013. After joining Autodesk, Doug moved into Product Management for advanced materials and then helped to commercialize Autodesk’s Generative Design solution as one of the lead product managers. He holds a Master of Science in mechanical engineering from the University of Wyoming.
“I’m excited to move into the CEO role and continue helping Teton to be a premier solution in 3D printing and help our customers print better parts, faster,” says Doug Kenik. “Mike has done an amazing job to help establish Teton’s position in the additive manufacturing market, and now we’re in a great position to grow as the leader. The future of Teton is bright, and we will continue to differentiate our solutions through intuitive workflows embedded in our customer’s current workflows in order to print with purpose.”
According to Paul Heiden, serving on Teton Simulation's Board of Directors Board, many people have great ideas, few put ideas in practice and very few succeed in building a company. However, Heiden believes Kmetz did just that. “He [Kmetz] did it in a quiet, self-assured and friendly manner I consider an example for all of us,” Heiden says. “With Teton Simulation's technology proven, it's now time to accelerate commerce and start building a global channel. I know Doug Kenik for some years now. I know Doug will drive Teton Simulation into a high-tech company with a global reach, setting a new standard in professional 3D printing.”