Carl Bass

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Carl Bass
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Autodesk CEO Carl Bass
Born May 18, 1957
New York, New York
Residence Berkeley, Calif.
Occupation CEO and President of Autodesk
Height 6'4" (193 cm)
Spouse(s) Daryl Austern

Carl Bass is president and chief executive officer of Autodesk, Inc.,[1] a maker of professional 3D design software and consumer applications, and was a co-founder of Ithaca Software,[2] which commercialized HOOPS, a 3D graphics system. Bass has been credited with expanding Autodesk beyond its core AutoCAD software through acquisitions and new product developments[3] and transitioning from 2D to 3D model-based design.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Bass was born in New York, New York. His father was a chemist and his mother a New York City schoolteacher.[4] After starting college at Cornell University, Bass took a five-year hiatus to build boats, furniture and sculpture in Seattle and Maine and returned to Cornell, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics in 1983.[4]

Career[edit]

In 1981, Bass co-founded a computer graphics company called Flying Moose Systems and Graphics Ltd., which became Ithaca Software in 1986.[4] The company commercialized HOOPS, a 3D graphics system originally developed at Cornell University in the mid 1980s. Bass served as Ithaca Software’s chief technology officer and CEO.[4] He joined Autodesk when the company acquired Ithaca Software in 1993, serving as the chief architect for AutoCAD.[2] In 1995, Bass was forced out by Autodesk’s then president and CEO Carol Bartz, only to be rehired five months later, after top Autodesk engineers said they needed Bass’s software development skills.[5]

Bass left Autodesk in 1999 to launch Buzzsaw,[6] an online service for management of construction projects, where he served as president and CEO.[2] Bass returned to Autodesk when it acquired the company in 2001.[6] Since then, Bass has held a number of high-level positions at Autodesk, including executive vice president and chief strategy officer (2001 to 2002); senior executive vice president of the Design Solutions Group (2002 to 2004); chief operating officer (2004 to 2006); and interim chief financial officer (2008 to 2009).[7]

CEO of Autodesk[edit]

In 2006, Carol Bartz stepped down as Autodesk’s president and CEO, naming Bass as her replacement.[8]

During his tenure as CEO, Bass has focused on expanding the company beyond its core AutoCAD software through acquisitions and new product development[3] and transitioning from 2D to 3D design.[2] He has emphasized vertical markets focusing on model-based design, simulation and lifecycle management.[2] Under his direction, Autodesk has introduced consumer-oriented products such as SketchBook, a mobile painting and drawing app with over seven million users as of Nov. 2011.[9] In March 2008, Autodesk was ranked number 25 on Fast Company's list of "The World's 50 Most Innovative Companies."[10]

Bass serves on the Board of Directors of Autodesk and e2Open.[1] He also serves on the Board of Trustees at the Art Center College of Design.[1] He previously served on the board of McAfee and iRise.[4] Bass is a member of the Executive Advisory Boards of Cornell Computing and Information Science and U.C. Berkeley School of Information and FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science & Technology).[4]

Personal life[edit]

Bass owns a workshop near his home in Berkeley, Calif.,[5] where he designs and fabricates objects made from wood, metal and stone. Bass’ projects have included furniture, sculpture and a walk-in wooden rocket ship he built for his children,[11] which is on permanent display at Chabot Science Center.[4]

He is married to Daryl Austern, and they have two children.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Carl Bass". News Room. Autodesk. Retrieved 20 April 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Carl Bass". Executive Profile. Bloomberg Businessweek. Retrieved 20 April 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "The Carl Bass interview". Interviews. Develop3D. Retrieved 20 April 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g "Carl Bass". CrunchBase. TechCrunch. Retrieved 2 May 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Flinn, Ryan. "Autodesk's Bass Applies Woodshop Lessons to His Design-Software Business". News (Bloomberg). Retrieved 20 April 2012. 
  6. ^ a b Menezes, Deelip. "A Conversation With Carl Bass - Part 2". Deelip.com. Deelip.com. Retrieved 20 April 2012. 
  7. ^ "Carl Bass". Technology (Forbes). Retrieved 20 April 2012. 
  8. ^ Lee, Ellen (18 January 2006). "Carol Bartz stepping down as Autodesk CEO, president". Business (San Francisco Chronicle). Retrieved 3 May 2012. 
  9. ^ Temple, James (27 November 2011). "Autodesk CEO Carl Bass talks about 3-D and more". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 20 April 2012. 
  10. ^ "The World's Most Innovative Companies". The World's Most Innovative Companies. Fast Company. Retrieved 20 April 2012. 
  11. ^ Anders, George. "Cutting-Edge Executives". The Wealth Report (The Wall Street Journal). Retrieved 21 April 2012. 

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