and the former CEO and Chairman of the Match Group, a New York City-based online dating service. Blatt is well known for driving the $3 billion acquisition of Match.com by IAC/InterActiveCorp (IAC) in 2001 and subsequent management of the company until 2006.
- Education Background
Greg Blatt was born in New York City and grew up in Westchester County, New York as the son of a real estate developer. He attended St. George’s School, an all-boys boarding school in Middletown, Rhode Island. He played on the basketball team and graduated second in his class with a bachelor of science degree from Cornell University. While at Cornell, Blatt was on the “Sigma Alpha Epsilon” fraternity house committee and served as president of its National Legal Fraternity Council before graduating with honors from Cornell Law School.
Blatt became a lawyer in the early 1980s, and he began his professional career working for the law firm “Sifton & Company” in New York City. In 1983, he was hired by the law firm “Shearman & Sterling” to work on corporate and securities law. He then went on to work as an in-house attorney for “American Express” from 1985 until 1988. Blatt then joined “The Coca-Cola Company,” where he worked as an executive vice president and general counsel until 1995. Go to this page for additional information.
- Career Highlights
He joined the online dating service “Match.com” in 1995 as its general counsel and chief operating officer. He left Match.com in 1998, before its acquisition by IAC/InterActiveCorp (IAC), to work as a general counsel for “Celestica.” In 2001 Blatt was hired by IAC to be the CEO of Match.com after being impressed by his work for IAC subsidiary Zoosk. He was promoted to chairman of online dating service The Match Group in 2002, a position he held until 2006, when he resigned from the company, transferring control of the company from IAC to private investors and management.
As a thoroughly modern CEO and Executive leader, Blatt has recognized the value of the internet as a tool to increase efficiency in the workplace. He has also recognized the value of technology in providing employees with more time and flexibility to focus on their work. Perhaps most importantly, Blatt has recognized that success in the 21st century will require a new way of thinking about leadership and management, one that is based on efficiency and innovation.
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