Autodesk has now completed its acquisition of Hanna Strategies, a software development firm with offices in Shanghai (China), Atlanta (USA) and Pune (India). On 1 November 2007, Autodesk announced its intention to acquire Hanna Strategies.
Carl Bass, president and CEO of Autodesk, comments: "The acquisition of Hanna Strategies supports the Autodesk goal of expanding our global engineering and software development programs and to continue delivering leading software design products to our customers worldwide. Merging our talented development teams in Shanghai strengthens Autodesk engineering operations and provides us with internal efficiencies and increases our capacities."
The Autodesk development centre in Shanghai will combine the operations of Hanna and Autodesk and will be named the Autodesk China Research and Development Center (ACRD). The new name reflects the substantial design and development of Autodesk software products in China.
Bass says: "Autodesk has operated in China since 1994 and is committed to the continued development of Autodesk staff and operations there. We are also expanding our work in engineering education in China, and look forward to continuing our commitment to the country and its students."
As part of the acquisition, Hanna Strategies' president, Samir Hanna, has joined Autodesk as a vice president in the Manufacturing Solutions division. Chien-Ming Huang, Hanna Strategies' general manager, is now vice president at the Autodesk China Research and Development Centre. Huang comments: "I am excited to become part of a growing development centre that will continue bringing innovative design software to the many industries that Autodesk serves."