Autodesk is pleased to announce that the Board of Directors has appointed Andrew Anagnost, current co-chief executive officer and chief marketing officer at the interim, new president and CEO of the company. Anagnost will join the Board of Directors.
“We are delighted that Andrew is driving Autodesk for a new growth,” said Crawford W. Beveridge, President of the Autodesk Board of Directors. “Andrew was instrumental in developing and implementing Autodesk’s transition to a winning business mode, and we’re confident that our transition to the cloud and an subscription model will continue to be successful.”
Anagnost, who holds a PhD in Aeronautics Engineering and Computer Science at Stanford University, has started his career at Lockheed Aeronautical Systems and as a researcher at NASA’s Research Center. After joining Autodesk in 1997, he held various technical and strategic roles.
Anagnost guided the development of Autodesk Inventor, the 3D design and engineering tool, with revenue growth of five times during its mandate. As senior vice president of business strategy and marketing, he successfully led the transition to a subscription-based business model and favored the adoption of Autodesk cloud technologies.
“This is an incredible time for Autodesk, and I’m really excited to assume the role of CEO,” commented Anagnost. “Autodesk has transformed the design industry by bringing CAD directly to PCs 35 years ago and has become the leading technology company in the past 10 years. We were the first to bring design to cloud and mobile, and today we are doing it with the construction industry and the manufacturing industry. I look forward to driving Autodesk towards a new growth stage, where we will combine innovative business models and products to become a company increasingly focused on the customer. ”
The appointment of Anagnost follows the resignation of former President and CEO Carl Bass in February 2017, followed by a four-month search and selection process by the Council.
“Over the last 20 years I worked with Andrew and I’m sure he will be a great leader for Autodesk,” said Bass, board director of Autodesk. “His contribution and dedication to the company, employees and customers is immeasurable. I’m happy to collaborate with him and I can not wait to see where Autodesk will go. ”
Autodesk also announced that Amar Hanspal, senior vice president, chief product officer and interim co-CEO, has decided to leave the company. Anagnost commented: “I want to thank Amar for the important contribution provided to Autodesk over the past 30 years. He was a great colleague and friend, and he will miss us a lot. “