Microsoft ERP marketing chief joins Xero

Microsoft Dynamics UK product marketing director Gary Turner is to defect to the ambitious, New Zealand-based Cloud accounting company Xero. John Stokdyk reports. The position became vacant when Xero’s ground-breaking UK director Hamish Edwards decided to head back to Wellington. Starting on his own in the UK with help from New Zealand trade emissaries in 2008, Edwards recently convinced BT to select Xero as a partner in its online applications marketplace. With that success behind him, Edwards is now planning the company’s assault on the north American market. With funds from a public listing in New Zealand and backing from MYOB founder Craig Winkler, Xero is investing heavily to position itself as a major global player for accounting in the Cloud. Turner has a long track record in the accounting market, having worked started off as a salesman for a software reseller and working for Pegasus for 12 years, where he was managing director in 2003-6. Microsoft Dynamics UK product marketing director Gary Turner is to defect to the ambitious, New Zealand-based Cloud accounting company Xero. John Stokdyk reports. The position became vacant when Xero’s ground-breaking UK director Hamish Edwards decided to head back to Wellington. Starting on his own in the UK with help from New Zealand trade emissaries in 2008, Edwards recently convinced BT to select Xero as a partner in its online applications marketplace. With that success behind him, Edwards is now planning the company’s assault on the north American market. With funds from a public listing in New Zealand and backing from MYOB founder Craig Winkler, Xero is investing heavily to position itself as a major global player for accounting in the Cloud. Turner has a long track record in the accounting market, having worked started off as a salesman for a software reseller and working for Pegasus for 12 years, where he was managing director in 2003-6. His task will be to build up the organisation so it can develop and exploit new sales channels and partnerships - particularly within the accountancy sector.

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