Blake has been named chief executive officer at Go Daddy, the privately-held Internet domain registrar and web hosting company based in Scottsdale, and joined the Go Daddy Board of Directors. He succeeds company interim CEO Scott Wagner.
Blake most recently served as chief product officer at Yahoo! Inc., where he developed and rolled out the unified product vision and strategy — growing the company to nearly one billion active PC and mobile users. Prior to Yahoo!, he spent 15 years at Microsoft, serving in various senior roles, most recently as corporate vice president of the Windows Live Platform. While at Microsoft, Blake was responsible for creating and leading a global development and operations organization of more than 4,000 employees in the creation and operation of Microsoft’s global online services, launching several new products, including MSN Messenger and growing Hotmail from 7 million to 290 million users.
Blake currently serves on the board of GolfLogix, a Scottsdale, Ariz.-based mobile Web company. In addition to earning an MBA from the Graziadio School, Blake also taught in the Full-time MBA program at one time. He has been a featured speaker for both the Dean’s Executive Leadership Series and Entrepreneur’s Journey.
Blake will be honored at April 2013 commencement with the Distinguished Alumni Award.
Go Daddy has recently been expanding its market-leading products to support its nearly 11 million customers, mostly small business customers both domestically and internationally. This summer, Go Daddy acquired Outright.com, a cloud-based financial management application and the company also formed a partnership with DudaMobile to launch mobile Website Builder, a service that automates the integration of Web and mobile sites to save businesses time and expand their customer reach.