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Blackboard Announces Organizational Changes to Focus Teams and Better Serve Clients

WASHINGTON – AUGUST 9, 2016 -- Blackboard Inc. announced today a new alignment of the company’s organizational structure aimed at focusing its teams to better serve the needs of its clients worldwide. Blackboard is realigning to create three new divisions: Blackboard North America, Blackboard International and Blackboard Transact.

Also today, Blackboard announced that Matthew Small, Senior Vice President and Managing Director of International, has accepted a CEO position and will be leaving Blackboard effective August 28, 2016. “Matt has played a critical role in the evolution and success of Blackboard over the past 14 years,” said Bill Ballhaus, Chairman, CEO and President of Blackboard. “We thank him for his tireless work and dedication to the company and wish him well in his future endeavors.”

Lee Blakemore, who has driven outstanding results in the K-12 market and Blackboard’s strategic corporate development, has been named President of Blackboard International. With a strong track record as a successful enterprise software and services executive, Lee is well-positioned to take on his new responsibilities leading the international team. Prior to joining Blackboard, he served in numerous corporate international leadership roles.

Mark Gruzin, who has successfully led Blackboard’s Higher Education, Corporate and Government teams since January 2015, will assume the role of President North America. In this expanded role, Mark will lead the K-12, Higher Education, and Corporate and Government markets. Prior to joining Blackboard, Mark held executive leadership roles with IBM, including serving as vice president of worldwide solution sales transformation for IBM’s software division with executive focus on strategy and business operations.

David Marr assumes the title of President of Blackboard Transact. David has led the Transact business over the past 8 years. The Transact portfolio of solutions has strategically expanded to include recently acquired Sequoia Retail Systems and the newly added CASHNet payments platform. David continues to be responsible for all facets of the Transact business including sales and marketing, product management and development, cloud services, consulting, client support, manufacturing and operations.

Additionally, to further clarify Blackboard’s leadership strategy and focus, the titles of members of the senior leadership team are being aligned to reflect the broad scope of their responsibilities. They are: 

  • Katie Blot, Chief Strategy Officer 
  • Peter George, Chief Product Officer 
  • Denise Haselhorst, Chief People Officer
  • Stuart Kupinsky, Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel 

Lisa Mayr will remain Chief Financial Officer and Tim Atkin will remain Chief Administrative Officer.

“We are uniquely positioned in the marketplace to meet our clients’ needs because of the unmatched breadth and broad reach of our portfolio, our ability to garner deep insights about the world of the learner, and our capacity and commitment to deliver thoughtful and relevant innovation across our portfolio,” said Ballhaus. “And we are passionate about continually looking for ways to improve what we do for the benefit of our clients and the learners they serve. Our structural reorganization is intended to align our teams to better meet their needs.”


About Blackboard Inc.

Blackboard is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard’s solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. For more information about Blackboard, follow us on Twitter @Blackboard.

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