CFO Recognition Awards 2012: Mark Hawkins, Autodesk

Executive Vice-President,  Chief Financial Officer

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 Autodesk1111 McInnis Pkwy., San Rafael 94903, 415-507-6750,

Employees: Approximately 7,500 per 10,000 report

Professional background: Prior to joining Autodesk in 2009, Mr. Hawkins was CFO and senior vice president of finance & IT at Logitech International SA. Before Logitech, he  worked with Dell, Inc., in Austin, Texas. He joined Dell after working with Hewlett-Packard for almost 19 years.

Education: M.B.A. in Finance, University of Colorado (1986); B.A. in Business, Michigan State University (1981); Advanced Management Program, Harvard Business School (1999)

Age: 53

Comment about Mark Hawkins: "Mark is an outstanding and passionate leader. I’m fortunate to have him on the Autodesk team. He has been a good partner for me and the company as we transform our business and help our customers tap into the benefits of the cloud.” -- Carl Bass, chief executive officer of Autodesk.

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Today, CFO responsibilities go beyond the traditional financial duties. As a trusted business partner to the CEO and the rest of his or her team, CFOs today must make significant strategic and operational contributions beyond the numbers and to the business.  CFOs today must connect the dots between the company’s overall business strategy and its long and short-term financial goals.

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