Federal Computer Week is reporting that Carol Bartz, who has led Autodesk for the past 14 years, is stepping down. Carl Bass, Autodesk COO will be taking over as President and CEO effective May 1st. Bartz plans to spend more time with her family, but also wants to continue her longstanding relationship with Autodesk and their partners. Bass pledges to continue the current Autodesk vision in its current sectors.
My own relationship with Autodesk goes back to 1985, when I was just out of high school and beginning college - I began working with AutoCAD release 2.6 and DCA software for surveying and civil engineering design... Though I've never met Carol Bartz, I have attended several Autodesk-oriented events to hear her speak, and have generally been quite impressed with her leadership and vision. Mr. Bass has some considerable shoes to fill.
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