Jay Bhatt is president, chief executive officer, and a board member of Blackboard Inc., a global leader in technology and services that help to make education more immediate, direct, and personalized for learners everywhere. Jay has a deep background building and growing software and technology companies, spanning early stage privately held businesses to more mature public corporations. Jay is also a former teacher with a passion for Blackboard’s mission of “everyone educated.”
Jay previously served as President and CEO of Progress Software (NASDAQ: PRGS). Prior to his role at Progress, Jay 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 Jay led Autodesk’s corporate development, business development, and strategy operations.
Jay 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, Jay worked as an investment banker and as a transactional attorney.
Jay holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Law.
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