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Media & Entertainment boss Marc Petit to quit Autodesk

Thursday, December 13th, 2012 | Posted by Jim Thacker

Marc Petit, head of Autodesk’s Media & Entertainment division, is to leave the company. Petit has served as Senior Vice President since 2002, having worked at Softimage for most of the previous decade.

According to a brief statement released by Autodesk: “Chris Bradshaw, Autodesk SVP of Reputation, Consumer and Education, will act as the head of the M&E product group while we search for Marc’s replacement, while Marc Stevens and Chris Young will continue to lead the individual M&E product management and product development teams respectively.

“Stig Gruman, VP of M&E Worldwide Sales and Mark Strassman, VP of M&E Industry Strategy and Marketing … run sales and marketing as before.”

The announcement comes at the end of a year of mixed fortunes for Autodesk, which laid off 500 staff in August, and reported “disappointing” revenue results for the third financial quarter.

Revenues for the M&E division were down 9% on the previous year – a drop analysts Jon Peddie Research attribute to the transition to mobile gaming – having risen for most of the preceding three years.

An Autodesk spokesperson could not comment on Petit’s reasons for leaving or his future plans, saying only that he wanted to move on after guiding strategy for the Media & Entertainment products for the past ten years.

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  • http://www.TheAfterImage.com Perry Harovas

    Say what you want about Autodesk buying up all kinds of technologies, and being a hugecorporation, etc. (I have said my share of things over the years), but Marc Petit is a VERY knowledgeable guy who really loved the products they were putting out and seemed to try his best to get the word out about the innovations they were creating, or (yes, it isn’t a crime) they were acquiring.

    I look forward to what he does next, and to who will step in to fill the void he leaves behind at Autodesk.

  • Hirazi Blue

    Not that I seriously doubt it, judging from mr. Petit’s Twitter page, but is there an official press release on this somewhere or is it still based on well-informed rumors?

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