Jay H. Bhatt

Managing Director

Joined Thomas H. Lee Partners in 2016.

Jay Bhatt is a managing director at Thomas H. Lee Partners. Mr. Bhatt has over twenty years of operating experience in senior leadership positions across the IT sector including in software infrastructure, horizontal and vertical enterprise applications and SaaS technologies.  Mr. Bhatt is currently a director of Alfresco Software, Inc., Auction.com, Juvare, Nextech and Ten-X Commercial. His prior directorships include Material Handling Systems, Inc.

From 2012 to 2016, Mr. Bhatt was president and CEO of Blackboard Inc., the largest global education technology company, where he was responsible for significant sales and EBITDA growth as well as fundamental technology platform transformation.  Prior to Blackboard, Mr. Bhatt was president and CEO of Progress Software Corporation from 2011 to 2012, a global software company providing application development and support tools.  Previously, from 2000 to 2011, Mr. Bhatt served as the SVP and GM of Autodesk, Inc. where he was responsible for ADSK's largest business unit serving the global architectural, engineering and construction (AEC) industry.  Mr. Bhatt began his career as an investment banker holding positions at UBS Investment Bank and Bank of America Merrill Lynch (formerly Montgomery Securities), and prior to this he was a transactional attorney.

Mr. Bhatt holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and a J.D. from the UCLA School of Law.  


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