BlackLine Systems CFO Charles Best Selected as Finalist for TechAmerica 2012 Financial Stars of the Year Award


LOS ANGELES – April 18, 2012 – BlackLine Systems CFO Charles Best has been selected as a Finalist for a TechAmerica 2012 Financial Stars of the Year Award in the category of private companies under $50 million. The appointment reflects BlackLine’s strong financial performance in the past year, along with Best’s direction implementing multiple technology solutions to automate and improve processes for the fast-growing financial software company.

“The TechAmerica Financial Stars Awards are the only awards dedicated to recognizing the outstanding, and important, work being done by the financial professionals behind cutting-edge innovation,” said Shawn Osborne, president and CEO of TechAmerica. “Like any other business, tech companies need sound financial footing to continue to invent and create.”

The second annual awards, presented by TechAmerica, the industry’s largest trade association and advocacy organization, recognize financial professionals in six different categories with the objective of highlighting financial leaders who have significantly contributed to the success of their companies, industry, peers and community. A thorough evaluation by independent judges, made up of industry experts and peers, will be the basis for deciding the winners.

BlackLine revenues were up by more than 50 percent in 2009, 2010 and 2011. The 2009 growth follows three sequential previous years where the company’s revenues doubled.

The TechAmerica recognition follows several other recent accolades for the leading provider of software to automate the account reconciliation process. In 2011, BlackLine was named a Red Herring 100 Global Winner – recognizing the company as one of the ‘most innovative and promising’ tech ventures in the world. Most recently, BlackLine was named to Software Magazine’s prestigious annual list of the 500 largest software and service providers in the world.

BlackLine continues to add clients at an aggressive pace with a long list of household name companies already on board including AT&T, Boeing, H.J. Heinz, Northrop Grumman, Starkist, United Airlines and Whirlpool, to name a few.

The 2012 Financial Stars Award Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on Tuesday, May 15, 2012, at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles.

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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