BlackLine picks Terry Smagh to oversee growth in APAC
By Digital News Asia July 5, 2018
- Spent nearly 20 years with leading software companies
- Will work with partners to accelerate customer acquisition
BLACKLINE, Inc has announced that cloud and business software veteran Terry Smagh (pic) has joined the financial automation software provider as senior vice president overseeing the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region.
In this role based in Singapore, Smagh will be responsible for spearheading the company’s ongoing regional growth strategy including working with partners to accelerate customer acquisition.
Smagh comes to BlackLine with nearly 20 years of experience in financial software, business intelligence and data analytics having held senior APAC positions with leading organisations including Hyperion, IBM, Informatica and Qlik.
Most recently, Smagh was executive leader for IBM’s Asia-Pacific cloud and analytics business where he was responsible for supporting partner development and overall enterprise sales momentum in hybrid cloud software, cloud services and analytics solutions.
Prior to that, he was managing director and vice president for Asia at Qlik where he developed customised enterprise sales, channel and marketing operations models across the region and accelerated new office openings in key APAC business centres.
“Terry’s deep leadership experience and proven track record helping scale organisations throughout APAC will be invaluable as we look to grow and expand in Australia, the Asean countries and the broader Asia region,” said Marc Huffman, chief operating officer, BlackLine.
“Terry understands the intricacies and differences across APAC cultures, business practices and economies. His astute understanding of our diverse customer base in the region will be a key differentiator as we continue to support finance and accounting professionals in their transition to a Continuous Accounting model, automating traditionally manual, labour-intensive and spreadsheet-driven account reconciliation and financial close processes.”
BlackLine currently has more than 150 customers based in the Asia-Pacific region, including Cold Storage, Coopervision, DuluxGroup, NETS, Scoot Tigerair and Tabcorp Holdings, with sales, professional services and technical support team employees based in Australia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Philippines and Singapore.