Carol Bartz is executive chairman of the board of Autodesk, Inc. Bartz was chairman, president and CEO of Autodesk for 14 years and stepped-down in April, 2006. During her tenure, the company diversified its product line and grew revenues from $285 million to $1.523 billion in FY06. Bartz previously held positions at Sun Microsystems, most recently serving as VP of worldwide field operations and an executive officer of the company.
Before joining Sun, she held product line and sales management positions at Digital Equipment Corporation and 3M Corporation. Appointed to President Bush’s Council of Advisors on Science andT echnology, Bartz is one of a select group of industry leaders expected to play a key role in shaping and setting the government’s high tech agenda – ranging from R&D funding to new broadband incentives. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Cisco Systems, Network Appliance, and the Foundation for the National Medals of Science and Technology.
Bartz holds an honors degree in computer science from the University of Wisconsin. She was granted an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from William Woods University. Bartz’ honors and awards include: 50 Most Powerful Women in Business (Fortune, 2005); 50 Women to Watch (Wall Street Journal, 2005); World’s 30 Most Respected CEOs (Barron’s, 2005); World’s 100 Most Powerful Women (Forbes, 2005 & 2004); Exemplary Community Leadership Award, National Conference for Community & Justice (2004); Avatar Award for Women of Excellence, National Association of Female Executives (2003); Ada Lovelace Award, Association for Women in Computing (2003); Ernst &Young’s Northern California Master Entrepreneur of the Year (2001); Horatio Alger Award, 2000; Women in Technology International (WITI) Hall of Fame (1997).