Autodesk CEO Carl Bass, PCH CEO Liam Casey Join CCA Board

Carl Bass and Liam CaseyCarl Bass (l), president and CEO of Autodesk; Liam Casey, founder and CEO of PCH

San Francisco, Calif., March 31, 2015 -- The Board of Trustees of California College of the Arts approved two new board members at its March 16, 2015, meeting: Carl Bass, president and CEO of Autodesk, and Liam Casey, founder and CEO of PCH International.

"I'm delighted to welcome Carl and Liam to our Board of Trustees," commented Chair of the Board C. Diane Christensen. "As prominent Bay Area business leaders they embrace the values we hold dear at CCA: creativity and innovation, community engagement, entrepreneurialism, and social and environmental responsibility.

"I look forward to working with them as we build on CCA's reputation as a global leader in art and design education."

About Carl Bass

Bass is president and CEO of Autodesk, a leader in 3D design, engineering, and entertainment software. Bass cofounded Ithaca Software (acquired by Autodesk in 1993). While at Autodesk, he has held several executive positions including chief technology officer and chief operations officer.

Bass serves on the boards of directors of Autodesk, Quirky, and E2open; on the board of trustees of the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum; and on the advisory boards of Cornell Computing and Information Science, UC Berkeley School of Information, and UC Berkeley College of Engineering.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Cornell University.

Bass is a maker and spends his spare time building everything from chairs and tables to boats to, most recently, an electric go-cart.

About Liam Casey

Casey is the founder and CEO of PCH, a private company that designs custom manufacturing solutions for the world's best brands, from startups to Fortune 500s.

Casey is widely recognized as a thought leader in hardware, supply chain management, and startups. His entrepreneurial flair and talent for spotting new opportunities has revolutionized international commerce and disrupted traditional supply-chain models, contributing to the success of many of the world’s largest technology brands.

Casey established PCH in 1996 as a manufacturing and supply-chain management company. PCH has since expanded well beyond those bounds, employing nearly 2,800 persons worldwide, and having revenue in 2014 in excess of $1 billion.

In recent years, PCH has made a targeted move into product-design engineering and development and startup innovation.

PCH is headquartered in Casey’s native Cork, Ireland, with operational headquarters in Shenzhen, China, and San Francisco, where PCH has its Innovation Hub and its hardware accelerator Highway1. He divides his time among the three cities.

In 2007, Casey was honored with Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year-Ireland award. This year because of PCH’s incubation program and sustainability practices, Casey was named by Metropolis Magazine as one of six top “game changers” in the world.

Casey is a member of Ireland’s National Competitiveness Council and the Action Plan for Jobs Implementation and Monitoring Group as well as the Joint Industry/Government task force on big data.

He’s also Enterprise Ireland’s international start-up ambassador to China.

About California College of the Arts

Founded in 1907, California College of the Arts (CCA) offers 22 undergraduate and 12 graduate programs in the areas of fine arts, architecture, design, and writing. The college offers BFA, BA, MFA, MA, MBA, BArch, MArch, and MAAD degrees. It has campuses in San Francisco and Oakland, and currently enrolls 1,950 full-time students. CCA students are encouraged to work in an interdisciplinary manner, undertaking projects and collaborations with students in other majors and engaging with outside communities.

Noted alumni include the artists Nathan Oliveira, Jules de Balincourt, Robert Arneson, Robert Bechtle, Viola Frey, and Peter Voulkos; the Oscar-winning filmmaker Audrey Marrs; the illustrator Tomie de Paola; the conceptual artists Harrell Fletcher, David Ireland, and Dennis Oppenheim; and the designers Lucille Tenazas, Michael Vanderbyl, and Gary Hutton.

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