Autodesk CEO Carl Bass Steps Down

Software firm Autodesk announced on Tuesday that their CEO and president Carl Bass will be working his last day as a chief executive officer on Wednesday and will be stepping down as of February 8th.

Autodesk did not provide an immediate replacement for the chief executive officer of Autodesk, but the company says it has created an Interim Office of the Chief Executive that will handle operations until Autodesk finds a new CEO. Senior Vice President and Chief Product Officer Amar Hanspar and Andrew Anagnost, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Auto Desk, will work together as co-CEOs until then.

Bass has worked with Autodesk for over two decades. Bass joined the company in the early 90s. But, in a statement Bass explains that he is proud of what Autodesk has accomplished. Bass said, “It’s been my honor to lead Autodesk through this exciting period of growth and change. I’m very proud of everything we accomplished – from both a business and technology perspective. Our cloud and subscription business is well underway.”

Bass added, “The company’s strategy is working, the management team is strong and it’s the right time for me to step aside. Autodesk is poised for even greater success as it enters this next phase. I’m looking forward to my next adventure but will continue working with the company through my role as a board member and am committed to ensuring that the cloud and subscription business model will continue to be successful.”

Autodesk is a software company that creates software for engineering, manufacturing and other related industries. Based out of San Rafael, California the company has offices around the world. Launched in the early 1980s by John Walker. Walker, who coauthored the beginning of the versions of AutoCad one of the firm’s biggest software releases, developed a computer-aided design software, which was used in the building of the New York Freedom Tower and Tesla electric cars.

While Bass will no longer be the CEO, he will remain as the special advisor to the firm to help support the transition to a new chief executive officer and will serve on the company’s board of directors.