Lee Blakemore is Chief Client Officer and President of Global Markets. In this joint role, he acts as a champion of Blackboard’s clients, representing the needs of faculty, students, school administrators, IT professionals, instructional designers and professional learners who have partnered with or use Blackboard products and solutions. He also leads Blackboard’s global go-to-market and business operations organisation. By leveraging the company’s broad portfolio of capabilities and market expertise, Lee and his team enable institutions and organisations of all types to solve their most complex challenges by putting learners and world-class technology solutions at the heart of everything they do.
Previously, Lee served as President of Client Operations and Success, where he led the company’s transformation to a SaaS delivery model and its efforts to deliver a world-class experience for its clients, overseeing client delivery, management of the Blackboard cloud platform and support functions across the company. He also served as President of Blackboard International, where he was responsible for sales, marketing and operations to support the company's global growth outside the United States and Canada.
Prior to joining Blackboard in 2015, Lee served as the SVP of Global Sales and Marketing at the cloud services company Velocity Technology Solution, where he was responsible for all field operations including sales, offering management, marketing and customer relations. Prior to joining Velocity, Lee spent nine years at IBM where he held various global leadership positions including Vice President of the Smarter Infrastructure software business and Director of European Sales for the Application on Demand business where he helped launch that business’s European operations. Prior to IBM, Lee held various leadership positions in the software industry, the most recent being at Corio, a cloud-based ERP solution acquired by IBM.
Lee holds a Bachelor of Arts in history from Westminster College.