“Autodesk, Inc., is a leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software. Customers across the manufacturing, architecture, building, construction, and media and entertainment industries—including the last 16 Academy Award winners for Best Visual Effects—use Autodesk software to design, visualize, and simulate their ideas before they’re ever built or created. From blockbuster visual effects and buildings that create their own energy to electric cars and the batteries that power them, the work of our 3D software customers is everywhere you look”.

Since 2006, Autodesk CIS and LEDAS (directly or through its daughter companies) have had several lines of partnership and contacts that included software reselling in Siberian region, joint organization of regional seminars for customers and students, general partnership of Autodesk for two international CAD/PLM forums owned by LEDAS, and other.

Alexander Tasev, at that time Director of the Autodesk CIS office, speaks at the opening session of the isicad-2008

LEDAS was one of the main organizers of the Autodesk seminar at Novosibirsk State University (2008). LEDAS leading experts are regularly invited to deliver talks at Autodesk Russia Forum.

Vladimir Malukh, Director of Engineering Consulting, LEDAS, speaks at the Autodesk Forum 2010 on “What can we see in CAD market by 2010”
(see the presentation and the article “CAD Revolution: Inevitable and Already Started” based on that presentation)

Dmitry Ushakov, at that time LEDAS CEO, speaks at Autodesk Forum 2011 on “Who and Why Need Direct Modeling? Overview of Solution from Autodesk and from its Competitors” (see the video), the leading Russian web portal on CAD/PLM, along with hundreds articles and news about Autodesk products and solutions, published dozens exclusive interviews with Autodesk managers, some small part of them have been translated for – the English sister edition of, these are their examples:

Dmitry Ushakov not only made the above mentioned presentation at the Autodesk Forum but also published at a series of reportages and interviews from the event. In his richly illustrated report "Autodesk Forum in Moscow presented cloud technologies and discussed PLM" about a press-conference of the Autodesk-CIS top managers, Dmitry wrote:

In 2011, the leadership of Autodesk-CIS has been substantially changed. In particular, Alexey Ryzhov, with his rich experience of working for Microsoft, was appointed the director of the Moscow office. His first months of activity brought an important new result: Alexey was able to draw attention of San Rafael to the actual and very good results of Autodesk in Russia and CIS. It happened after a long period when Russia was in the shadow of China and India… Another important newcomer is Eugene Lesnikov, who headed MCAD direction of the in Autodesk CIS after his ten years of experience in selling PLM-solutions while working for the partners of Dassault Systemes in Russia. The best candidate for this position could hardly be imagined, taking into account forthcoming move of Autodesk towards PLM…

At the photo which Dmitry made at the press-conference you can see Anastasia Morozova, Field Marketing Area Team Manager Russia and CIS, Alexey Ryzhov (third from right), Eugene Lesnikov, (far right), and other managers:

See also an opening presentation of Alexey Ryzhov:

The last but not least, LEDAS managers have had several personal opportunities to meet and had professional discussions with people from top management of Autodesk: Robert “Buzz” Kross, Amar Hanspal, and Andrew Anagnost.

Amar Hanspal, Senior Vice President, Information Modeling & Platform Products Group, and David Levin, the LEDAS Founder