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James Peutherer, Blackline Systems James Peutherer, Blackline Systems

Enterprise financial software provider, BlackLine Systems, has boosted its presence in the Australia and New Zealand market with expansion of its executive team as part of its long-term Asia Pacific growth strategy.

Blackline Systems VP of Global Sales, Dominick DiPaolo, announced the appointment of  James Peutherer as Director of Sales for Asia-Pacific, based in Sydney, and Ann Furlong as Director of Operations for Asia-Pacific, based in Melbourne.  

DiPaolo said both executives have more than 15 years’ of experience in the IT industry and were previously focused on the execution of BlackLine Systems’ regional sales, operations and business development in the Australia and New Zealand region.

DiPaolo said Peutherer and Furlong will now focus on building out a local team to “propel the company’s ANZ sales, marketing and operations efforts in support of partners, in addition to growing the client base directly.”

”BlackLine Systems has experienced robust growth and demand for our solutions across the globe and continues to flourish.  In order to continue to support ongoing demand and innovation, we are committed to building out a team in APAC with unmatched experience and talent.

“Both Ann and James have a proven track record in customer growth and service excellence and their experience will be instrumental for our growth in Australia and New Zealand in the near-term, and across APAC down the line.”

Peutherer joined BlackLine Systems five years ago and was initially responsible for developing the company’s business in the Northeast region of the United States before relocating to Sydney a year later. He previously worked for Pinnacle Group Worldwide.

Furlong joined BlackLine Systems in 2011, previously, working at BlackLine client Tabcorp Holdings, where she was responsible for implementing the BlackLine application across the organisation.  

DiPaolo said BlackLine has more than 12,000 users across Asia-Pacific with more than 5,000 users in Australia and New Zealand, including, Boral, Bunnings, Coles, CSL, Downer EDI, Evolution Mining, Kimberly-Clark, Linfox, Optus, Tabcorp, Qantas, QBE Australia and Wesley Mission.


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