After Al Green announced his intention to retire as CEO, a search firm was retained to manage the process of finding a new CEO for Autodesk. The Board of Directors appointed a search committee, chaired by Jim Warren, which appealed for input, company-wide, on which criteria should govern our search. Here's my response.
This paper is an attempt to identify the characteristics Autodesk should look for in candidates to become the new CEO. As you'll see in reading it, I don't think there's any single precise picture that fits the job; there are essential prerequisites, but not a unique correct profile. I use male pronouns for concision and to avoid sounding like a politically correct Marin County weenie, not to specify the gender of candidates acceptable to me.