Kathleen Mitford

EVP & Chief Strategy Officer , PTC

Kathleen Mitford is Executive Vice President (EVP) and Chief Strategy Officer at PTC. In this role, Kathleen is responsible for overseeing key strategic functions, which include the Strategy, Mergers, and Acquisitions (M&A), Strategic Alliances, Corporate Marketing, and PTC Academic.


Kathleen was appointed EVP and Chief Strategy Officer on January 1, 2020. Kathleen previously was EVP, Products where she led the Product and Research & Development (R&D) organizations. During Kathleen’s tenure, PTC has taken leadership positions in the Internet of Things (IoT) and Augmented Reality (AR) markets and continues to enjoy above-market growth and dominance in Computer-Aided Design (CAD) and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM). Earlier in Kathleen’s career, she headed PTC’s Corporate Strategy team. Under her leadership, PTC defined and executed a strategy for its IoT products, which led to a very successful entry into the multi-billion-dollar market.

As EVP, Products, Kathleen oversaw PTC’s product portfolio and lead product strategy while managing global R&D. Kathleen led an international team comprised of several thousand talented software developers, with major R&D hubs in the United States, Israel, and India. PTC’s award-winning products span markets from CADand PLMto IoT and AR. The product lines for which Kathleen had responsibility have seen noteworthy market success. Over the past several years, independent analyst organizations around the world have consistently awarded PTC and its products with leadership positions in their ranking reports.

Kathleen joined PTC in 2006 to drive the retail strategy and developed technologies and systems adopted by major retail chains. As a result, PTC became the industry leader in retail PLM and maintains that leadership market share position today. This also allowed PTC to enter a completely new industry from the company’s traditional engineering and manufacturing heritage.

She is the recipient of numerous awards, most recently the 2019 Mass Technology Leadership Council's Tech Excellence Leadership Award. She also serves on the board for the Mass High Tech Council.

Kathleen is a passionate champion of initiatives to drive inclusion and diversity and women in technology within and outside of PTC. She is a frequent panelist on the topics and her expertise helps to drive innovation and digital transformation.


Kathleen attended the Philadelphia University in Philadelphia, PA, where she earned a Bachelor of Science.

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