Women in Technology Hall of Fame

Carol Bartz

Carol Bartz

Executive Chairman of the Board, Autodesk

Inducted in 1997

Carol Bartz became the CEO of Yahoo! in 2009. She stepped down from her position in March 2011. She remained a member Yahoo!’s board of directors until the following September.

Carol was chair, president, and CEO of Autodesk for 14 years. She then became executive chair of the board. During her tenure, the company diversified its product line and grew revenues from $285 million to $1.523 billion.

Carol previously held positions at Sun Microsystems, most recently serving as vice president of worldwide field operations and an executive officer of the company. Before joining Sun, she held product line and sales management positions at Digital Equipment Corporation and 3M Corporation.

Appointed to President Bush’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, Carol was one of a select group of industry leaders expected to play a key role in shaping and setting the government’s high tech agenda. The technology agenda ranged from research and development funding to new broadband incentives. She has also served on the board of directors of Cisco Systems, Network Appliance, and the Foundation for the National Medals of Science and Technology.

Carol’s honors and awards include: 50 Most Powerful Women in Business, "Fortune," (2005); 50 Women to Watch, "Wall Street Journal," (2005); the World’s 30 Most Respected CEOs, "Barron’s," (2005); the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women, "Forbes," (2005 and 2004); the Exemplary Community Leadership Award, National Conference for Community & Justice, (2004); the Women in Technology List, "Business Week," (2004); one of the 100 Most Influential Women in Business, "San Francisco Business Times," (2004); the Spirit of Life Award, City of Hope, (2004); the Avatar Award for Women of Excellence, National Association of Female Executives, (2003); the Ada Lovelace Award, Association for Women in Computing, (2003); Ernst & Young’s Northern California Master Entrepreneur of the Year award, (2001); and the Horatio Alger Award, (2000).

She entered into the Congressional Record by Congresswoman Anna Eshoo (2003) and was recognized by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (1994).
Carol holds an honors degree in computer science from the University of Wisconsin. Granted an honorary doctorate in humane letters from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, Carol became an honorary doctor of science from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and an honorary doctor of letters from William Woods University.