New President Appointed for CNC Software

Meghan Summers-West has been appointed president of CNC Software, Inc., the developer of Mastercam® CAD/CAM programming software for CNC machine tools.

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Meghan Summers-West has been appointed president of CNC Software, Inc., the developer of Mastercam® CAD/CAM programming software for CNC machine tools. Former president, now chairman, Mark Summers made the announcement to all 139 employees last week at the company’s headquarters in Tolland, Connecticut. Its educational division staff located in Gig Harbor, Washington, participated in the celebratory announcement via teleconference.

“As many people close to the Summers family know, this transition has been almost 32 years in the making. My daughter Meghan was born the same year that my brothers and I officially launched Mastercam and established CNC Software, Inc. in 1983,” Mark Summers said. “As a father, I am proud. As a business owner, and to all of you who have contributed so much of yourselves to make this company successful, I am wholly confident in this decision.”

Summers also said that with the rapid consolidation of many CAD/CAM companies, this decision represents a continuation of CNC Software’s deep, personal dedication to Mastercam and to Mastercam’s global customer base. He emphasized that appointing Meghan also demonstrates that the company remains a private entity.  This is important for both employees and customers as it represents the least amount of potential change for the company.

Meghan Summers-West also spoke to the crowd. “Today is two things. It’s an acknowledgement of all I have worked for and desired since I can remember. It’s also, more importantly, the beginning of the next 30-plus years for Mastercam and CNC Software,” she said. “I am honored and excited to take on this role. Mastercam plays a vital role in changing lives for the better. It’s used in all facets of industry, from helping to make life-saving medical devices for the human body to parts for planetary exploration, expanding our knowledge of the universe. Mastercam boosts personal and industrial productivity, supporting our global economy as a whole. Mastercam for educators and students helps train future machinists, engineers, and programmers – people who create, solve problems, and enjoy good incomes and satisfying careers."

Ms. Summers-West has served as Operations Manager at CNC Software since 2009. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business at Bentley College, Massachusetts and an MBA in Management at Hawaii Pacific University. In 2014, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers named her one of the “30 Under 30 Future Leaders of Manufacturing”.