Beveridge, originally from Scotland, attended the University of Edinburgh, earning a B.Sc. in social science. He followed that with an M.Sc. in industrial administration from the University of Bradford, England.
Beveridge's business background included Hewlett-Packard, Digital Equipment Corp. and Analog Devices. In 1985, he joined Sun Microsystems as vice president of corporate resources, where he stayed until 1991, when he left and took the position of chief executive of Scottish Enterprise.
In 2000, he returned to Sun to fill the position of executive vice president people and places and chief human resources officer. He was a board member of corporations outside of Sun, including Autodesk, Memec and Scottish Equity Partners. He is a non-executive chairman of the board in Autodesk and as of July 2016, Beveridge owns approximately $1.9 million worth of Autodesk shares.
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