Charleston Software CEO Arrested for DUI

The CEO and President of a Charleston-based tech firm, Blackbaud, was arrested on charges of driving under the influence (DUI) last Friday. Michael Gianoni was found to be noticeably impaired after a series of sobriety tests conducted by a police officer.

The officer, who belonged to the Isle of Palms Police Department, flagged Gianoni’s vehicle due to irregularities in its driving, including the use of high beams, crossing over a fog line, and not signalling lane changes. Upon approaching the vehicle, the officer detected a strong smell of alcohol from Gianoni.

Gianoni was later released after posting a $992 PR bond and is scheduled to appear in court on April 24.

Blackbaud is described as the “world’s leading cloud software company powering social good” on its website and is believed to generate over $1 billion in revenue. The firm, headquartered on Daniel Island, has operations in Asia, Australia, Europe, and Latin America.

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