BlackLine Systems CEO & Founder to Speak at NYU Stern School of Business

Therese Tucker to address accounting, business students on how she’s built a fast-growing software company, how they can leverage technology to optimize accounting functions

LOS ANGELES – April 29, 2013 – Financial software provider BlackLine Systems CEO and Founder Therese Tucker has been invited to speak this week to accounting and business students at New York University’s (NYU) Stern School of Business. The session, sponsored by the Stern Accounting Society, Stern Women in Business and Stern Professional Development Society, is designed to offer guidance to students who will be graduating soon from a combined BS/MS program at NYU.

Drawing on her experience building BlackLine Systems from the ground up into the leading company in its space, Tucker will discuss how she got to where she is today, obstacles involved in starting a company and how she managed to continue to grow her company during a down economy into one of the fastest-growing software companies ever.

BlackLine Sr. Partner Implementations Consultant Jenny Pottle, formerly of KPMG LLP, also will be on-site at NYU to talk about career opportunities for accounting majors with the ‘Big 4’. Plus, they’ll both talk about how leveraging technology (such as the BlackLine Financial Close Suite) to automate processes can help new CPAs to be successful in their careers – whether working in-house in corporate accounting or with one of the ‘Big 4’ firms.

Under Tucker’s direction, BlackLine revenues were up by more than 50 percent year over year in 2010, 2011 and 2012 and are expected to grow by at least that pace in 2013. During the past several years, many new Fortune 500 companies have signed on to implement the BlackLine Financial Close Suite in a Software-as-a Service (SaaS) environment across their global organizations.

Tucker’s passion, persistence and effort have paid off with BlackLine ranking No. 15 on the 2012 list of the ‘50 Fastest’ Women-Owned/Led Companies in North America, as reported in The Wall St. Journal. BlackLine also has made the Software 500 ranking of the world’s largest and best-performing software companies for the past two years and the prestigious Inc. 500/5000 list for the past five years in a row.

Most recently, Tucker was honored earlier this year with a ‘2013 Enterprising Women of the Year Award’ from Enterprising Women magazine. A recognized leader and inspiration for young entrepreneurs and other women looking to excel in business, Tucker has spoken in front groups of accounting and business students at other leading U.S. universities including Harvard Business School.

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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