Blackbaud names new president, CEO

Staff Report
Published Nov. 14, 2013

Blackbaud Inc. announced Wednesday that it has named Michael P. Gianoni president and CEO of the Daniel Island-based software firm, effective Jan. 13.

Gianoni will be based out of Blackbaud’s Charleston headquarters. Most recently, Gianoni, 52, served as executive vice president and group president of the financial institutions group at Fiserv Inc., a global provider of financial services technology products.

Blackbaud CEO Mike Gianoni. (PhotoProvided)

He previously served as president of the investment services division at Fiserv, where he was responsible for product, technology, sales, finance, operations and strategy.

“His significant experience and expertise in software solutions and product development make him the ideal candidate to lead Blackbaud during its next phase of growth,” Blackbaud board Chairman Andrew Leitch said in a statement. “In addition to his extensive industry background, he has a proven track record of delivering operational excellence and scaling a technology business.”

Former CEO Marc Chardon stepped down in January. Tony Boor, Blackbaud’s CFO, has also doubled as Blackbaud’s interim president and CEO since Aug. 31.

When Gianoni takes the helm, Boor will return to his role as CFO and senior vice president of finance and administration. Gianoni will also join the Blackbaud board of directors, effective upon becoming CEO.

“On behalf of the board, I would like to thank Tony for his dedication to the team as interim CEO. ... Mike’s skills, coupled with Tony’s financial acumen, together with the rest of the management team, will help guide the company to further enhance innovation, simplify and strengthen our product portfolio, respond to the market demand for software as a service technology and improve operational excellence while delivering greater value to both our customers and shareholders,” Leitch said in a statement.

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Gianoni joined Fiserv as part of its acquisition of CheckFree, where he served as executive vice president and general manager of CheckFree Investment Services.

He spent 11 years at DST Systems Inc., where he led various divisions focused on developing new platforms. Earlier in his career, Gianoni worked at Applications Systems Group, Sequent Computer Systems, Wang Laboratories, U.S. Design Corp. and Canberra Industries.

“It is a privilege to join the Blackbaud team at such an exciting time in the company’s growth,” Gianoni said in a statement. “Blackbaud has a rich history of supporting the missions of nonprofit organizations, and I look forward to further extending the company’s contributions to this vital sector and building on its track record of success.”

Gianoni earned an associate degree in electrical engineering at Waterbury State Technical College, a bachelor’s degree with a business concentration from Charter Oak State College and an MBA from the University of New Haven, all in Connecticut.

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