Blackbaud taps Microsoft exec as CEO

Blackbaud, a Charleson, S.C.-based provider of software and services for nonprofits, named Marc Chardon, a senior executive at Microsoft, as its new president and CEO.

Chardon, who begins his new job Nov. 28, succeeds Robert Wywolski, who is retiring after serving as president and CEO since March 2000.

Chardon, a French-American born in the U.S., earned a degree in economics from Harvard and worked for Digital Equipment for 14 years in international marketing, business and operational jobs, including head of corporate strategy and general manager of Digital France.

He joined Microsoft in 1998 as general manager of Microsoft France, a job he held for three years, and since 2003 has served as chief financial officer of Microsoft’s $11 billion Information Worker Business.

That business includes Microsoft Office, Microsoft Project, LiveMeeting and related products.

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