A brief article (New at the top: Jeff Ray is chief executive officer at Ellucian) in The Washington Post newspaper carries a brief autobiography by Jeff Ray, the former ceo of Solidworks:
[The experience (at IBM) helped me ultimately land at a company called SolidWorks, where I was named chief executive.] The company had been wildly successful. But I felt that we were reaching the end of what the platform could do and we needed to work on the next-generation technologies. The hardest thing to change is a successful company.
It’s easy to change when you’ve been diagnosed with a challenging disease or some kind of event or crisis is forced upon you. It’s very hard to force change on people when you’re doing well. But that’s exactly the time that you should start questioning what you’re doing.
He went on to become the ceo of Ellucian.