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Searching for a New CEO


After Al Green announced his intention to retire as CEO, a search firm was retained to manage the process of finding a new CEO for Autodesk. The Board of Directors appointed a search committee, chaired by Jim Warren, which appealed for input, company-wide, on which criteria should govern our search. Here's my response.

Profile of a CEO

by John Walker -- October 24th, 1991

This paper is an attempt to identify the characteristics Autodesk should look for in candidates to become the new CEO. As you'll see in reading it, I don't think there's any single precise picture that fits the job; there are essential prerequisites, but not a unique correct profile. I use male pronouns for concision and to avoid sounding like a politically correct Marin County weenie, not to specify the gender of candidates acceptable to me.[Footnote]

Editor: John Walker