Vista-backed PeopleAdmin appoints Blaha as CEO

PeopleAdmin, a portfolio company of Vista Equity Partners, has named Jack Blaha as CEO. The company’s previous CEO Kermit Randa will remain on its board of directors. Blaha is the former chief operating officer and executive vice president of Aptean. Austin, Texas-based PeopleAdmin is a provider of cloud-based talent management solutions for education.


AUSTIN, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–PeopleAdmin, the leading provider of cloud-based talent management solutions for education, today announced that it has appointed Jack Blaha as its new Chief Executive Officer. Former CEO Kermit Randa will continue on PeopleAdmin’s Board of Directors.
Under Randa’s leadership, PeopleAdmin tripled in size, earned significant industry recognition for innovation and service excellence, and delivered a record setting amount of new software solutions to the K-20 marketplace. These results have established PeopleAdmin as the clear market leading provider of solutions to the entire education ecosystem and in 2016, PeopleAdmin was selected as one of the “50 Smartest Companies of 2016” by The Silicon Review magazine. Blaha will continue to grow the business, drawing on his extensive leadership experience in global technology companies and his proven track record of driving customer-centered innovation.

“Jack has the passion and experience to help take our company through its next phase of growth,” said Randa. “He understands the needs of customers and is excited to continue PeopleAdmin’s mission of delivering market-leading solutions that help customers hire great people and improve student outcomes.”

Blaha has spent his career helping technology businesses thrive. Prior to joining PeopleAdmin, he was COO and EVP of Aptean, responsible for coordinating all M&A and integration activities to help the company deliver leading industry-specific software solutions in the ERP, SCM, and CRM space. He has also served as CEO of Semiconductor Support Services, held several leadership positions at Applied Materials, and began his career as an officer in the United States Army after graduating from United States Military Academy at West Point.

“It’s a privilege to be working alongside the PeopleAdmin team to support educators with the most comprehensive portfolio of talent management solutions in education,” said Blaha. “It’s exciting to be part of an organization that is committed to improving K-20 education, and I am looking forward to doing everything I can to help further that mission.”

Patrick Severson, Principal at Vista Equity Partners adds, “Kerm has done a great job developing and growing a mission-driven organization over the last two years. We believe Jack’s deep experience working with Vista, an inspiring leadership style and his commitment to market-leading innovation and experience in delivering a world-class experience to customers will further accelerate PeopleAdmin into its new phase of business growth.”

About PeopleAdmin
PeopleAdmin is the leading provider of cloud-based talent management solutions for education. Its software enables customers to streamline the hiring process, onboard new employees, efficiently manage positions and employee performance, develop compliant and defensible audit trails, and utilize industry-leading reporting and data-driven predictive analytics. PeopleAdmin’s integrated talent management suite includes applicant tracking, faculty search committee management, position management, onboarding, performance management, professional development management and workforce planning, as well as a first-of-its-kind teacher candidate assessment tool created in partnership with a consortium of award-winning scholars, respected universities and research partners. PeopleAdmin solutions are rapidly deployed, easy to use and supported through a world-class customer service organization.

About Vista Equity Partners
Vista Equity Partners, a U.S.-based private equity firm with offices in Austin, Chicago and San Francisco, with more than $26 billion in cumulative capital commitments, currently invests in software, data and technology-based organizations led by world-class management teams with long-term perspective. Vista is a value-added investor, contributing professional expertise and multi-level support towards companies realizing their full potential. Vista’s investment approach is anchored by a sizable long-term capital base, experience in structuring technology-oriented transactions, and proven management techniques that yield flexibility and opportunity in private equity investing. For more information, please visit