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Autodesk University Opening Keynote by Autodesk’s President and CEO, Andrew Anagnost

November 16th, 2017 by Sanjay Gangal

Autodesk’s President and CEO, Andrew Anagnost, kicks off AU 2017 with a unique perspective on automation and the Future of Work. Passionate about the topic, Andrew gives you the confidence to embrace this new future, and guest speakers share insights to help you thrive in this new world of working. You are left informed and excited about this future.



Andrew Anagnost is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Autodesk. 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 the California State University, and holds both an MS in Engineering Science and a PhD in Aeronautical Engineering and Computer Science from Stanford University.


Hilbrand Katsma is COO of Van Wijnen Noord B.V.. Van Wijnen is one of the leading constructing companies in the Netherlands. Hilbrand is specialised in Innovation. Hilbrand is working for 25 years at Van Wijnen and started his career in Property Development and worked his way up to COO Operation and Innovation. Thanks to Hilbrand Van Wijnen is one of the most innovative constructing companies in the Netherlands. He is the founder of new (building)concepts and he inspires the company with new solutions and innovations.


Pierre Maillot, senior technological advisor, Bosch Group Pierre Maillot acts as senior technological advisor for the Bosch Group. He is based in San Francisco, working on strategy and implementation of Bosch technologies. Previously, he worked in Bosch’s automotive sector, having spent more than eight years in customer project acquisition and management in close cooperation with the manufacturing teams. He now focuses on smart city strategies and implementation of Internet of Things technologies in urban environments in North America. Pierre holds a master degree in mechanical engineering, and a special degree in technology and international business development, which led him to take several management positions in Europe, Asia and now the USA.

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