Blackbaud names CEO – Software firm taps tech veteran

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Blackbaud Inc., a leading maker of fundraising software, has named a veteran of the software and information technology industry as its new chief executive officer.

Robert Sywolski, formerly a general partner of JMI Equity Fund, succeeds Anthony E. Bakker, Blackbaud’s founder and president.

JMI in October 1999 joined Hellman & Friedman Capital Partners III in its purchase of a controlling interest in Blackbaud.

At the time, Bakker stepped down as president and moved into an active role on the company’s reorganized board.

Sywolski joined JMI in 1998. Previously, he spent 12 years as chairman and CEO of North American operations of Cap Gemini, a systems integration, management consulting and information technology services company.

Cap Gemini last week announced a deal to buy the consulting business of Ernst & Young.

Blackbaud, founded in 1981, plans later this year to move into new headquarters on Daniel Island, S.C.

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