Jim Scapa brings more than 35 years of business growth, innovation and cultural stewardship to his role as founder, chairman and CEO of Altair.
Jim and two partners identified a need and formed Altair in 1985 with a focus on the then-new field of simulation using high performance computing. Today, through Jim’s leadership, the company employs more than 2,000 employees with 81 offices across 25 countries.
Altair is a leading global provider of simulation and optimization software, high performance computing technology, product development software and consulting, and data analytics solutions to a broad range of industry sectors including automotive, aerospace, government and defense, heavy equipment, ship building, energy, electronics, life sciences, architecture, finance, and construction. Growth has been achieved both through long-term nurturing of internal technology development, and by strategic acquisitions of complementary technologies which have been successfully integrated into Altair’s offerings.
Jim holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Columbia University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan.