Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK) Files An 8-K Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers

Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK) Files An 8-K Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers
Item 5.02Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.

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Election of Director

On July 19, 2017, the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of Autodesk, Inc. (the “Company”) appointed Reid French to the Board. Mr. French, age 45, has over 15 years of executive operational and strategic leadership experience in the technology industry. Since September 2011, Mr. French has served as Chief Executive Officer of Applied Systems, Inc., a software solutions and services provider in the insurance industry, where he is responsible for the company's overall business strategy and operational execution. Previously, Mr. French was Chief Operating Officer at Intergraph Corporation, a global geospatial and computer-aided design software company, from April 2005 until October 2010 when Intergraph was acquired by Hexagon AB. From October 2003 to April 2005, Mr. French was Executive Vice President of Strategic Planning and Corporate Development at Intergraph. Prior to joining Intergraph, Mr. French served as Chief Operating Officer, North America for Solution 6 Group, Ltd., Australia's largest software company, directing all regional operations including sales & marketing, product development, services and support. Prior to Solution 6, Mr. French served as a strategic planner in the Business Planning & Development group for Walt Disney World, a business unit of The Walt Disney Company. Prior to Disney, Mr. French worked in investment banking with The Robinson-Humphrey Company, managing various transactions within the technology sector. Mr. French began his career as a Fellow of the Thomas J. Watson Foundation. Mr. French holds an MBA degree from the Harvard Business School and a BA degree in economics from Davidson College. He sits on the board of directors for Applied and The Lovett School in Atlanta.

Mr. French will participate in the non-employee director compensation arrangements described in the Company's 2017 annual proxy statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on May2, 2017. Under the terms of those arrangements, he will receive, among other things, annual compensation of $75,000 and a prorated initial restricted stock unit grant to acquire 2,037 shares of the Company's common stock, which vests on the date of the Company’s next annual meeting of stockholders, under the Company's 2012 Outside Directors' Stock Plan. to the terms of the settlement agreement entered into on February 6, 2017, between the Company and Sachem Head Capital Management LP, Uncas GP LLC, and Sachem Head GP LLC, Scott Ferguson consented to the appointment of Mr. French to the Board. There are no other arrangements or understandings between Mr. French and any other persons to which Mr. French was named a director of the Company. Mr. French does not have any family relationship with any of the Company's directors or executive officers or any persons nominated or chosen by the Company to be a director or executive officer. In addition, Mr. French executed the Company's standard form of indemnification agreement. Mr. French has not entered into any other material plan, contract, arrangement or amendment in connection with his appointment to the Board.

The Board appointed Mr. French as a member of the Company's Compensation and Human Resources Committee, effective as of July 19, 2017. Mr. French is not a party to any transaction required to be disclosed to Item404(a) of Regulation S-K.

On July 21, 2017, the Company issued a press release regarding the appointment of Mr. French to the Board. The press release is attached as Exhibit99.1 hereto and is incorporated herein by reference.

Committee Appointments

On July 19, 2017, the Board approved changes to the Company's Compensation and Human Resources Committee Charter and composition such that, effective as of July 19, 2017, the Company's Compensation and Human Resources Committee will consist of three members and will be composed as follows: Mary McDowell (Chair), Reid French and Stacy Smith.

Item 5.02. Financial Statements and Exhibits.

(d) Exhibits.

Exhibit No. Description


Press release, dated as of July 21, 2017, entitled “Autodesk Appoints Reid French to Board of Directors.”

EX-99.1 2 pressreleasedatedjuly20201.htm EXHIBIT 99.1 – PRESS RELEASE DATED JULY 21,…
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About Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK)

Autodesk, Inc. (Autodesk) is a design software and services company, offering customers productive business solutions through technology products and services. The Company serves customers in the architecture, engineering and construction; manufacturing, and digital media, consumer and entertainment industries. It operates in four segments: Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC), Platform Solutions and Emerging Business (PSEB), Manufacturing (MFG), and Media and Entertainment (M&E). The PSEB, AEC and MFG segments offer a range of services, including consulting, support and training. The M&E segment offers software products to professionals, post-production facilities and broadcasters for a range of applications. Its software products enable its customers to experience their ideas before they are real by allowing them to imagine, design and create their ideas and to visualize, simulate and analyze real-world performance in the design process by creating digital prototypes.

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