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Jack Dangermond


A landscape architect by training, Jack Dangermond founded Environmental Systems Research Institute (now known as Esri) in 1969 with a vision that computer mapping and analysis could help design a better future. Under Dangermond's leadership, that vision has continued to guide Esri in creating cutting-edge geographic information system (GIS) and geodesign technologies used in every industry to make a difference worldwide.

Dangermond fostered the growth of Esri, transforming it from a small research group into an organization recognized as the world leader in GIS software development. Esri employs more than 4,000 people worldwide; many who shared his passion for GIS in the early days are still with the company and remain dedicated to helping our users be successful.

Dangermond's vision for Esri goes beyond building the leading GIS technology. He keeps the company mindful of global challenges and the needs of specific industries. The ongoing drive is to engineer ArcGIS to aggregate and integrate increasing quantities of data; to visualize and analyze the data to gain holistic understanding; and to help individuals and organizations make impactful, evidence-based decisions.

Sud Menon


Sud Menon is the director of software product development at Esri. He works with the different software product development groups and R&D centers at Esri on the design and development of ArcGIS as an integrated system.

Jeff Rashid


In Jeff Rashid's 27-year career with Esri, he has worked at the forefront of the evolution of business and technology with respect to their impact on utilities, telecommunications, and transportation organizations. The experience gives Rashid a unique perspective on these resource-intensive industries—enabling him to understand emerging and consistent needs for geospatial intelligence, and to develop a comprehensive approach for applying GIS. In recent years, Rashid and his team have focused on the use of GIS—specifically, digital twins—for strategic and competitive advantages across infrastructure organizations.

Digital access starts December 6, 2021