Autodesk President and CEO Andrew Anagnost will share his perspective on automation, the changing nature of work, and how technology can unlock opportunities to do more, better, with less negative impact on the world. Andrew will be joined by Autodesk CTO Scott Borduin and Director of Robotics Erin Bradner, Autodesk customers, and former GE Chair Beth Comstock.
Dr. Anagnost’s career spans more than 25 years of product, business, and marketing experience focused on driving strategy, transformation, and product development — and includes positions at Autodesk, Lockheed Aeronautical Systems Company, and EXA Corporation. He also completed a doctorate degree at Stanford University and worked at NASA Ames Research Center as an NRC post-doctoral fellow. Anagnost began his career at Autodesk in 1997 and has held a wide range of roles in the areas of marketing, new business development, product management, and product development. Prior to becoming President and CEO in June 2017, he served as Chief Marketing Officer and SVP of the Business Strategy & Marketing organization. In this role, Andrew served as architect and leader of Autodesk’s business model transition—moving the company to become a software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions provider. Previously, Anagnost held various executive positions across Autodesk. Early in his Autodesk career, he led the development of the company’s manufacturing products and grew Autodesk Inventor revenue to over $500 million. Anagnost is a member of the Autodesk Board of Directors. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from California State University, Northridge (CSUN), and holds both an MS in Engineering Science and a PhD in Aeronautical Engineering and Computer Science from Stanford University.
Beth Comstock navigates change. She prepares for it, inspires it, and considers it an essential part of the growth of both individuals and organizations. For Beth, organizational change starts with the self. Before she ever led the transformation of a team or corporation, she learned to rely on her natural curiosity to provoke growth within herself. She infused her life and work with the habit of discovery, of ideas, places, people even during times of discomfort. She continues her quest for evolution having recently stepped down from her position as Vice Chair of GE, the first woman ever to hold the post, and now exploring a path as an author, instigator and connector. Over nearly two decades at GE, she led efforts to accelerate new growth and innovation, helping to transform a process-heavy, top down culture to a faster, agile, and inventive one. Beth initiated GE’s digital and clean-energy transformations, developed new businesses, increased GE’s brand value and sales, and partnered to enhance its inventive culture. She led the creation of Current, an intelligent environments business, GE Ventures & Licensing, FastWorks, ecomagination and healthymagination, and oversaw GE Lighting. She was responsible for the sales, marketing and communications functions, and was the company’s first Chief Marketing Officer in 20 years. As President of Integrated Media at NBC Universal, Beth oversaw ad revenue and the company’s digital efforts, including early development of hulu.com. She held a succession of marketing and communications roles at GE, NBC, CBS and Turner Broadcasting/CNN. Beth is a director at Nike and trustee of The National Geographic Society. She graduated from the College of William and Mary with a degree in biology. Her first book, Imagine It Forward, offers lessons from a life of continual transformation, using stories both personal and professional to inspire others to embrace our rapidly changing world. It will be published September 18, 2018 by Currency, an imprint of Penguin Random House.
Dr. Erin Bradner is the Director of Autodesk’s Robotics Lab, in Autodesk Research, based in San Francisco. She and her research team are developing tools so industrial robots can intelligently make things by sensing, responding and adapting to new information in real-time. Under Erin’s leadership, Autodesk’s Robotics Lab is using of artificial intelligence and closed-loop controls to teach robots new workflows in manufacturing and AEC. Prior to leading the Robotics Lab, Erin co-founded the Generative Design practice at Autodesk – through research and thought leadership she helped incubate the technology from concept to commercialization. Erin is driven to discover how to leverage intelligent software tools for smarter manufacturing and design. Previously, Erin consulted on the first commercial intelligent agents and cloud storage systems; and worked at IBM, Boeing, and AT&T. Erin is a co-author on patents in advanced design and publishes in academia. She holds a PhD in Information & Computer Science.
Annette Chapman is the Corporate Development Director for Atkins, working in a global role. Her career spans more than fifteen years of business, strategic partnering and acquisitions experience across the UK and the Middle East, focused on driving strategy and business transformation. Annette began her career at Atkins in 2003 and has held a wide range of roles in the area of commercial and driving strategic growth. She graduated with a bachelor of Law from the UK and holds her chartership in procurement and supply chain management.
As the Director for Digital Disruption for Atkins Middle East and Africa, my deep technical expertise, entrepreneurial skills and high-level strategic planning brings a new expertise and strength to capitalize on the technological growth opportunities that exists in our markets today. With over 15 years’ experience in leading roles in technology/AEC firms I have led technology research and development, implementation and project delivery across several tech firms in Germany France, including Faust Consult, Burt Hill, 3D Kyvoss and most recently in UAE as a partner with iTech a management consultancy firm and provider of Building Information Management (BIM) technology services. My appointment to Atkins enables full implementation of the Atkins digital strategy across the region. His focus is on enabling creation of new revenue streams I am originally from Boulogne Sur Mer, France, where he completed his Master’s Degree in Industrial Data Processes at the University of Littoral, Cote d’Opale France. My family and I relocated to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in 2007.
Scott manages a diverse organization that includes advanced research, applied research, customer validation, research community engagement, and thought leadership. Scott’s organization provides strategic foresight to Autodesk and its customers across a broad range of emerging technologies, in areas such as Generative Design, Artificial Intelligence, Computational Geometry, advanced Simulation, IOT, Robotics, Material Science, Augmented Reality, and Human Computer interaction. These technologies are key to Autodesk’s mission of transforming our customers’ design to make processes. Scott has over 30 years experience in Computer Aided Design, Engineering, and Manufacturing. He came to Autodesk in 1993 with the acquisition of Woodbourne, Inc, which he co-founded. Scott was subsequently Senior Architect on the Inventor product, and then Autodesk CTO from 1999 to 2005. After spending six years in the non-profit sector, he came back to Autodesk in 2012 and held a number of senior technology strategy roles before returning to the CTO position in 2018. Scott holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan.