Salesforce.com taps Autodesk's Mark Hawkins as CFO

Salesforce.com taps Autodesk's Mark Hawkins as CFO

Summary: At Autodesk, Hawkins played a heavy hand in the design software maker's transition to a cloud and mobile-focused business model while also overseeing more than 50 acquisitions during his tenure.

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As the fiscal year comes to a close, Salesforce.com will be starting the next one with a new chief financial officer soon.

The CRM giant announced on Monday it has selected Mark Hawkins to replace outgoing CFO Graham Smith, effective August 1.

Hawkins will be joining the San Francisco-headquartered company from nearby Autodesk, where he served as CFO and executive vice president since 2009.

At Autodesk, Hawkins played a heavy hand in the design software maker's transition to a cloud and mobile-focused business model while also overseeing more than 50 acquisitions during his tenure.

Smith announced his intended retirement back in February amid Salesforce's fourth quarter earnings report, promising to help throughout the search process and transition period before a departure in March 2015.

After joining Salesforce in 2007, Smith has been CFO since March 2008.

Since then, Smith oversaw the integration of more than 30 acquisitions as Salesforce has seen its annual revenue climb from $750 million in 2007 to a projected $5 billion next year.

Hawkins will report directly to Salesforce.com co-founder, chairman and CEO Marc Benioff, who in prepared remarks described Hawkins as the "right person to succeed" Smith.

Prior to Autodesk, Hawkins also served as CFO of finance and IT at Logitech following a number of finance and leadership roles at Dell, Hewlett-Packard, and Plex Systems.

Autodesk itself will be commencing its own search process for a new CFO as Hawkins closes out his last month with the software company.

Image via Autodesk

Topics: CXO, Cloud, Enterprise Software, Salesforce.com, Enterprise 2.0

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