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September 24, 2019
Autodesk, Inc.
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111 McInnis Parkway
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Item 5.02
Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.
Election of Director
On September 24, 2019, the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of Autodesk, Inc. (the “Company”) increased the number of authorized Board members by one to ten and appointed Dr. Ayanna Howard to the Board, effective September 24, 2019, to fill the newly created vacancy. Dr. Howard, age 47, has more than 25 years of experience in the areas of robotics, assistive technologies and artificial intelligence in academia, entrepreneurship as well as during her decade plus long career at NASA. Dr. Howard is the Linda J. and Mark C. Smith Professor and Chair of the School of Interactive Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology (“Georgia Tech”). Dr. Howard has been a member of the faculty at Georgia Tech since July 2005, including appointments as the Motorola Foundation Professor from July 2012 to August 2015 and as Associate Professor from July 2005 to July 2012 in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Dr. Howard also served in an administrative capacity at Georgia Tech as Associate Chair for Faculty Development in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering from April 2016 to December 2017, as Chair of the Robotics Ph.D. program from August 2010 - August 2013, and as Associate Director of Research for the Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines from November 2013 to November 2015. In September 2013, she also founded Zyrobotics, LLC, an education technology startup, and serves as its Chief Technology Officer. From June 2016 to July 2016, Dr. Howard was a Visiting Researcher at Microsoft Corporation. From June 1993 to June 2005, Dr. Howard was at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, where she served as Senior Robotics Researcher and Deputy Manager in the Office of the Chief Scientist. Dr. Howard’s published research, currently numbering over 250 peer-reviewed publications, has been widely disseminated in international journals and conference proceedings.
Dr. Howard holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering from Brown University, a Master of Science and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California, and an M.B.A. from the Drucker Graduate School of Management at Claremont Graduate University. She also serves on the board of directors of the Partnership on AI and on the boards of directors and advisory boards of a number of other organizations concerned with robotics, human-computer interaction and artificial intelligence.
Dr. Howard will participate in the non-employee director compensation arrangements described in the Company's 2019 annual proxy statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on May 1, 2019. Under the terms of those arrangements, she will receive, among other things, annual compensation of $75,000 and a prorated initial restricted stock unit grant to acquire the equivalent of $183,562 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. There are no arrangements or understandings between Dr. Howard and any other persons pursuant to which Dr. Howard was named a director of the Company. Dr. Howard 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, Dr. Howard will execute the Company's standard form of indemnification agreement. Dr. Howard has not entered into any other material plan, contract, arrangement or amendment in connection with her appointment to the Board.
Dr. Howard is not a party to any transaction required to be disclosed pursuant to Item 404(a) of Regulation S-K.
On September 25, 2019, the Company issued a press release regarding the appointment of Dr. Howard to the Board. The press release is attached as Exhibit 99.1 hereto and is incorporated herein by reference.

Item 9.01.     Financial Statements and Exhibits.
(d) Exhibits.
Exhibit No.     Description
Cover Page Interactive Data File (embedded within the Inline XBRL document)

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
By:/s/ Pascal W. Di Fronzo
Pascal W. Di Fronzo
SVP, Corporate Affairs, Chief Legal Officer & Secretary
Date: September 25, 2019


Exhibit No.    Description
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Autodesk Press Release

Investors: Abhey Lamba, (415) 547-3502

Press: Stacy Doyle, (503) 330-6115

Autodesk Appoints Dr. Ayanna Howard to Board of Directors

SAN RAFAEL, Calif., Sept. 25, 2019-Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) announced the appointment of Dr. Ayanna Howard to its Board of Directors, effective September 24, 2019. An expert in the areas of robotics, human-computer interaction and artificial intelligence, Dr. Howard currently serves as the Linda J. and Mark C. Smith Professor and Chair of the School of Interactive Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology. In addition, she is the Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Zyrobotics, a startup that designs AI-powered STEM tools for early childhood education.

“We’re excited to welcome Dr. Howard to Autodesk’s board,” said Andrew Anagnost, Autodesk president and CEO. “The contributions she has made to the world of robotics and human-computer interaction throughout her career have been both impressive and invaluable, and I’m thrilled to work alongside her.”

“As we continue to prioritize sustainable growth and returns for shareholders, I’m pleased to add Dr. Howard’s exceptional wealth of knowledge in robotics and innovative perspective to our Autodesk board,” said Stacy Smith, chairman of the board of Autodesk. “I’m confident her entrepreneurial mindset and experience will prove to be an important asset moving forward.”

Prior to Georgia Tech, Dr. Howard served as Senior Robotics Researcher and Deputy Manager in the Office of the Chief Scientist with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. In addition to NASA, her published research has been supported by organizations such as National Science Foundation, Intel, Grammy Foundation, Proctor and Gamble, Exxon-Mobil, Microsoft and Google.

Dr. Howard has served on the advisory boards for numerous robotics and AI-based organizations, and holds a degree from Brown University, a M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California, as well as an M.B.A. from the Drucker Graduate School of Management.

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