Change of leadership at Autodesk

Carol Bartz quit as Autodesk CEO after 14 years at the helm. She handed over charge to her number 2 executive, who has been with the company for 10 years. Its nice to see smooth corporate transitions as opposed to the frequent power struggles (Disney, HP, for instance) or fraud cases like Enron, that we frequently read about. I guess smooth transitions such as these don’t generate big news or stock crashes. The ability to walk away without creating a vacuum (a crash of the stock etc) is also a sign of her true leadership.

Hats off to her for quitting when on top!

Author: Pran Kurup

Pran Kurup is founder and CEO of Vitalect, Inc.

One thought on “Change of leadership at Autodesk”

  1. Carol Bartz is truly a class act. I met her first when she was at Sun, and a Wisconsin professor came to present. She, a fellow Badger, came to the meeting. Btw, Univ of Wisconsin ties with Harvard as the university with the most number of CEOs in the Fortune 500. Didn’t know that, did you? Btw, totally agree with you that smooth transitions are a sign of good leadership. Prasad


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