President and CEO, Blackboard
ay Bhatt is President, CEO and a board member of Blackboard Inc. Mr. Bhatt has a deep background building and growing software and technology companies, spanning early stage privately held businesses to more mature public corporations. He is also a former teacher with a passion for Blackboard’s mission of “everyone educated.”
Mr. Bhatt previously served as President and CEO of Progress Software (NASDAQ: PRGS). Prior to his role at Progress, he was senior vice president of the global architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) solutions division at Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK). In this role he oversaw software development, marketing, product management, product design, business development, finance and human resources. Earlier in his tenure he led Autodesk’s corporate development, business development and strategy operations. He joined Autodesk through the acquisition of Buzzsaw.com, a privately held cloud-based software company where he was chief financial officer and senior vice president of business development. Before Buzzsaw.com, Mr. Bhatt worked as an investment banker and as a transactional attorney.
He holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, and a J.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Law.