Autodesk Chief Executive Officer Carl Bass has decided to leave the company after several years at the design-focused software firm. Bass said he is looking forward to his "next adventure" and disclosed that he will be tinkering with his robots at his own shop right after he steps down from the CEO role.
Being with the company for several years, Bass has managed to hold several roles at Autodesk. However, he said the plan to have him step down from the CEO role had been put in place several months prior to the announcement.
Venture Beat reported that Bass will be replaced by two interim co-CEOs who will work hand in hand in managing the operations of Autodesk. Bass, whose ties with the company goes way back in 1993, will continue to be involved with the San Rafael-based design automation software company as an adviser.
Bass will facilitate the transition and help the two interim co-CEOs get used to their new roles. Autodesk appointed its very own Amar Hanspal and Andrew Anagnost as co-CEOs. Hanspal acted as senior vice president and chief product officer, while Anagnost served as senior vice president and chief marketing officer at Autodesk.
Hanspal and Anagnost will be leading the newly formed Interim Office of the Chief Executive at Autodesk. The two executives are expected to hold the role until Egon Zehnder, the executive search firm that Autodesk hired, managed to find a new CEO for the company.
Silicon Beat also reported that Autodesk will be bidding goodbye to two of its board members. Autodesk board members Scott Ferguson and Jeff Clarke are resigning from the company's board. Ferguson is with Sachem Head Capital, while Clarke is with Eminence Capital. Their term on the Autodesk board expires once a new CEO has been named, or at the company's annual meeting.
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