To Autodesk -- and Beyond?

Carol Bartz has become a force in technology, thanks to her success at the CAD software maker. A government post could be in her future

Carol Bartz's first days as the CEO of Autodesk were nightmarish. Back in 1992, the maker of CAD (computer-aided design) software sold only one product and was badly mismanaged, recalls Charles Foundyller, CEO of consultancy Daratech in Cambridge, Mass. "The place needed adult supervision," he says -- and Bartz was to be that. But soon after her appointment, she found out that she had breast cancer.

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