Software company Autodesk has named Mark J. Hawkins as its executive vice president and chief financial officer beginning April 27. Hawkins will be a key member of Autodesk’s executive team, reporting to Autodesk’s chief executive officer, Carl Bass.
The days are going to be tough for Hawkins, as Autodesk is facing some severe business challenges. In January, as part of its restructuring plan Autodesk had decided to reduce its workforce by 750 people – about 10% of total. The idea is to cut operating expenses. Web major Yahoo has just taken Carol Bartz, who was executive chairman of Autodesk, as its CEO.
Hawkins comes to Autodesk from Logitech International where he has been CFO and senior vice president of finance and IT since 2006.
“I am delighted to welcome Mark to the Autodesk management team,” said Bass.
Prior to Logitech, Hawkins served as vice president of Dell’s U.S. consumer unit and international services, as well as Dell’s procurement and logistics arm. Earlier, he was the worldwide group controller for a division of Hewlett Packard. He began his career with HP in 1981, and held various financial positions both in the U.S. and abroad.
Hawkins is eager to contribute to the company’s growth, he says