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Autodesk Announces New Vice President of Europe, Middle East, India and Africa (EMIA)

Mark Paraskeva to Lead EMIA Following Success in Northern Europe

FARNBOROUGH, United Kingdom, 5 February 2008 - Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) today announced that Mark Paraskeva has been appointed as the company’s new vice president of Europe, Middle East, India and Africa (EMIA).  In his new role, Paraskeva will lead and be responsible for Autodesk’s operations across the EMIA region. 

Paraskeva’s appointment reflects the EMIA region’s increasing contribution to Autodesk’s business, with income from the region now exceeding US$1 billion - approximately 40 per cent of Autodesk’s total global revenues.

Prior to his appointment he held the position of vice president of Northern Europe, integrating the United Kingdom and Ireland, Benelux and Nordics into a high-performing industry-focused region.

“The whole world faces unique times with unique market conditions,” said Paraskeva.  “In EMIA, Autodesk will focus on providing the design innovation technologies, services and support that will enable our customers and partners to address these immediate challenges and prepare for the future.

“Autodesk is committed to getting closer to the communities it serves.  We will continue to focus on providing the tools that enable ongoing innovation, the development of new products and services and to take advantage of the opportunities presented by developed and emerging markets.”

Paraskeva joined Autodesk at the beginning of 2004  He has over 25 years experience in the high tech industry with roles spanning all aspects of management including marketing, customer support, technical development and sales.

Paraskeva holds a first class honours degree in electronic engineering from Southampton University.

About Autodesk

Autodesk, Inc. is the world leader in 2D and 3D design software for the manufacturing, building and construction, and media and entertainment markets. Since its introduction of AutoCAD software in 1982, Autodesk has developed the broadest portfolio of state-of-the-art digital prototyping solutions to help customers experience their ideas before they are real. Fortune 1000 companies rely on Autodesk for the tools to visualize, simulate and analyze real-world performance early in the design process to save time and money, enhance quality and foster innovation. For additional information about Autodesk, visit