said Carl Bass, the company's chief operating officer, will become president and chief executive May 1, taking over from Carol Bartz, who has served as CEO since April 1992.
Bartz will become the design-software company's first executive chairman of the board.
As COO, Bass has had overall responsibility for sales, marketing and product development in Autodesk's core businesses. He has been with Autodesk, based in San Rafael, Calif., for 10 years.
Shares of Autodesk were down 86 cents, or 2%, to $42.02 Tuesday.