Gartner VP John E. Van Decker, FSN Publisher Gary Simon To Speak At BlackLine User Conference, Aug. 9-12, At US Grant Hotel, San Diego


Calabasas, Calif. - April 28, 2009 - BlackLine Systems, the first company to offer an automated account reconciliation solution for large corporations, is gearing up to host its annual user conference on Sunday to Wednesday, Aug. 9 – 12, 2009, at the historic landmark US Grant Hotel in San Diego. The event, expected to attract finance, accounting and compliance department executives from many of BlackLine’s Fortune 1,000 customers, will focus on best practices for improving the timeliness and accuracy of the financial close process, with particular emphasis on the intricacies and challenges of today’s difficult economic environment.

BlackLine has lined up two global financial/IT industry veterans – one from the research/analyst community and one from the media world – to speak at the event:
Both Mr. Van Decker and Mr. Simon have more than 25 years of experience in the IT and finance industries. Van Decker previously held management positions with AT&T and Castrol North America and also headed up the research division at IT consulting firm META Group. A renowned author based out of London, Simon has written many product reviews, whitepapers and books on finance/IT topics, of which his latest “Fast Close to the Max” focuses on the importance of a quick and accurate financial close.

  • John E. Van Decker, Vice President, Corporate Performance & Financial Management Systems at leading IT research and advisory firm Gartner, will deliver the keynote on Monday, Aug. 10
  • Gary Simon, Group Publisher & Managing Editor, FSN/FSN Newswire (a leading resource worldwide for business systems news for finance and IT professionals), will present as a special guest speaker on Tuesday, Aug. 11

About BlackLine

BlackLine is a provider of cloud-based solutions that transform Finance and Accounting (F&A) by automating, centralising and streamlining financial close operations, intercompany accounting processes and other key F&A processes for large and midsize enterprises.  Designed to complement ERP and other financial systems, BlackLine’s cloud platform increases operational efficiency, real-time visibility, control and compliance to ensure end-to-end financial close management and accounting automation.

BlackLine’s mission is to continuously improve the quality, accuracy and efficiency of Finance and Accounting by centralising key functions within a single, unified cloud platform. Enabling customers to move beyond outdated processes and point solutions to a Continuous Accounting model, in which real-time automation, controls and period-end tasks are embedded within day-to-day activities. BlackLine helps companies modernise accounting operations with intelligent automation, ensuring more accurate and insightful financial statements and a more efficient financial close.  To date more than 2,800 companies with users in over 130 countries around the world trust BlackLine to help ensure balance sheet integrity and confidence in their financial statements.

BlackLine is recognized by Gartner as a Leader in its 2019 Magic Quadrant for Cloud Financial Close Solutions.

Based in Los Angeles, BlackLine also has regional headquarters in London, Singapore and Sydney servicing its 14 global locations.For more information, please visit


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