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New UK MD

Gary Turner, ex Microsoft UK and Pegasus software has joined us to lead the charge in the UK.

Gary is well known in UK Accounting Software circles and we’re delighted to welcome him to the team.

Online accounting software service company Xero has appointed Gary Turner as managing director of its UK operation.

Gary Turner is a twenty-year veteran of the UK accounting software industry and leaves Microsoft UK to take up his post with Xero in August.

“Being able to attract a leader such as Gary, who is well respected in the UK market, is vital to our next phase of growth’’ says Xero CEO Rod Drury.

Xero underwent an extensive selection process to find a high caliber individual to execute the next phase of it’s business plan in the UK, which includes leveraging connections with banks and marketing partners such as BT.

Gary Turner is currently with Microsoft UK as Product Group Director responsible for product marketing, presales and partner readiness for fast growing Microsoft Dynamics ERP and CRM product families.

He was formerly the Managing Director of Pegasus Software, a small business accounting software vendor.

Gary Turner is a senior software industry advisor and currently advises the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales on technology matters relating to its members.

The 40-year-old Scotsman will replace Xero co-founder Hamish Edwards who returns to New Zealand to help drive Xero’s global accounting partnerships.

This marks the successful completion of our first phase in the UK.  We always thought it was important to send one of our founders to lead the market entry activities and we appreciate the huge effort that Hamish has put in.

Hamish had three key objectives before putting a long term leader in the UK and returning home.

  1. Establish a base of foundation customers – done
  2. Get UK bank feeds – done
  3. Establish key marketing partnerships – done

We’re sure Gary will pick up the baton and take us to the next level.

 

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3 comments

[...] announced today the appointment of a new managing director for the UK [...]

Richard Anning
10 July 2009 #

Congratulations to both parties – this is a good match! Look forward to working in the future.

Manoj Ranaweera
31 July 2009 #

Gary is a great chap, I came to know during ebdex/Pegasus days. He certainly has the experience and the skillset to drive Xero to the next stage. Congratulations!

Hamish, good to meet you briefly at the Internet World 09 (My stand was next to yours)

best regards
Manoj

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