Reid French is the managing director at Essex Gate Ventures. He is a member of the Board of Directors for design software leader Autodesk (Nasdaq: ADSK). Previously he served as the chief executive officer at Applied Systems, the leading cloud software provider to the insurance distribution industry. Prior to joining Applied, French served as chief operating officer at Intergraph Corporation, a global geospatial and computer-aided design software company. Early in his career, he was a strategic planner for Walt Disney Company.
French holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Davidson College, where he serves on the college’s board of trustees. He also holds a master’s in business administration from the Harvard Business School. He is an emeriti trustee for The Lovett School in Atlanta.