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Autodesk CEO Carl Bass Joins Planet Board of Directors


When you surround yourself with smart, hardworking people, good things happen. At Planet we have taken this approach with our executive leadership and with every new employee joining the company. This tactic applies to our board of directors too. With this in mind, I am pleased to share that Carl Bass, CEO and president of Autodesk, has agreed to join the Planet Board of Directors.

Carl is a fantastic leader. Having been an entrepreneur and now as a sitting CEO of a highly successful public company, he brings a wealth of operational expertise to the team at a time when Planet is growing rapidly. Carl’s experience is especially valuable because, like Planet, Autodesk’s business includes software specialties as well as serves small and large enterprise customers. Of course, it’s also great that Carl geeks out on our technology, and supports us in ensuring its global impact!

Carl joins Ann Mather, Steve Jurvetson, Zack Bogue, Robbie Schingler and myself on the board.

I’ve known Carl for a few years and he’s one of the smartest and kindest people I know. When I asked Carl to join the board, he was happy to commit.


“It’s hard to not be excited about a company that sends small satellites into space dozens at a time. Include Planet’s mission to image all of the Earth’s surface every day and their impressive business growth, and it makes joining their board of directors an easy decision. The market opportunities for Planet are abundant and I’m eager to join them on this rocketship ride.”
—Carl Bass, President & CEO, Autodesk


Welcome to the team, Carl!


P.S. For fun, check out this recent Planet-Autodesk collaborative video!




Prior to Autodesk, Carl co-founded Ithaca Software, which was acquired by Autodesk in 1993. In addition to Planet’s board, he serves on the boards of directors of Autodesk and HP Inc.; on the board of trustees of the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, Art Center College of Design, and California College of the Arts; and on the advisory boards of Cornell Computing and Information Science, UC Berkeley School of Information, and UC Berkeley College of Engineering.


Carl Bass, President & CEO, Autodesk.

Carl Bass, President & CEO, Autodesk.