Monday, 22 September 2014 13:33

Xero taps the Power of bookkeeping and the wisdom of Solomons

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Cloud accounting provider has made two senior though part-time - appointments.

James Solomons, a director of Sydney-based accounting firm EFS Strategic, has been appointed head of accounting for Xero in Australia, and Melanie Power, director of cloud accounting services firm Power Finance (a Xero gold partner), has been appointed head of bookkeeping.

"We know our customers aren't shy in sharing their views, so having James and Melanie on board will provide an easy and structured way of getting those views heard," said Xero Australia managing director Chris Ridd.

He said the appointment of Solomons and Power would give Xero customers a direct line into the company to suggest new features, improve existing ones, and make the cloud accounting experience better overall for users.

"We want to constantly be in tune with what accountants and bookkeepers need and want to make their jobs easier and more efficient. It's what has set us apart from our competitors in the past and will continue to in the future."

Mr Solomons and Ms Power will report directly to Mr Ridd.

"I'm excited that I get to help shape how Xero evolves its products by bringing current industry experience and feedback to the table," said Mr Solomons. "I've already started rolling my sleeves up and can't wait to get more involved."

Ms Power said "Ever since I was a trainee, I've loved how technology helps people do things quickly and organise their information easily."

"Joining Xero seemed like a natural step after working as a bookkeeper for the past two decades, and I can't wait to hear how I can help my customers by making Xero even better from the inside."

The appointments follow the establishment of the ten-member Xero Partner Advisory Council (XPAC) earlier this year.

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