Amar Hanspal

CEO, Bright Machines

Amar is the CEO of Bright Machines. Bright Machines delivers intelligent, software-defined manufacturing by bringing together flexible factory robots with intelligent software, production data and machine learning. The company’s global team of manufacturing, robotics and software veterans believe building physical things should be as seamless and simple as creating digital products. Its software-defined manufacturing platform helps customers innovate faster to meet the growing demands of a new era of manufacturing.

Amar is a senior business leader with 30+ years of experience driving business and technology transformation. Prior to joining Bright Machines in 2018, he was at Autodesk, where he drove the transformation of the design software leader’s product portfolio from on-premise to SaaS and its business model from one based on perpetual licenses to subscription. He led Autodesk into the cloud and enabled the company’s 12 million customers to access their designs on nearly any device.

As Autodesk’s co-CEO and chief product officer, Amar oversaw the company’s entire software portfolio, including its innovative manufacturing and construction applications. In addition to sitting on Bright Machine’s board, Amar also sits on the board of eSilicon Corporation and advises early stage venture companies. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Bombay University and a master’s in mechanical engineering from State University New York, and he has completed the executive managerial program at Stanford University.