Malcolm Gladwell to Headline BlackLine’s Annual User Conference

‘InTheBlack’ also set to feature presentations from The Hackett Group, The Coca-Cola Company, Nasdaq and Caesars Entertainment sharing insights on modern finance and accounting

LOS ANGELES – Oct. 14, 2015 – Malcolm Gladwell, award-winning author of five New York Times bestsellers – including The Tipping Point, Blink and Outliers, will deliver the opening keynote at BlackLine’s 2015 Annual User Conference, InTheBlack, which runs November 15-18, in Atlanta. This year’s conference theme, entitled ‘Now New Next’, explores the tremendous business value to be achieved by joining the Modern Finance revolution, leveraging cloud-based technologies to dig deeply into the vast array of complex financial transactions at the heart of all businesses.

In his Monday morning presentation, Gladwell, named one of the 100 most influential people by TIME Magazine and one of Foreign Policy’s ‘Top Global Thinkers’, is expected to draw on his years of experience as a celebrated journalist, author and speaker. Additional InTheBlack speakers include senior finance executives from current BlackLine customers including The Coca-Cola Company, Nasdaq and Caesars Entertainment.

This year’s four-day agenda is designed to help customers, prospects and partners explore the business benefits that accrue from Modern Finance transformation. Companies harnessing BlackLine’s cloud-based platform are realizing more accurate, faster financial closings; extraordinary workflow efficiencies; more secure regulatory compliance; and improved predictive capabilities.

Day one of the conference also features William Marchionni, practice leader at leading advisory firm The Hackett Group, who will share Hackett’s insights on the latest trends in the modern transformation of the Office of Finance. A third keynote, entitled “Employee Theft: Fraudsters Adapted, Did Your Controls?” will be given by Tim Tribe, practice leader, forensic & litigation services, at REDW LLC.

At InTheBlack 2015, clients from around the world are given an opportunity to:

  • Learn first-hand best practices from BlackLine’s customers and internal team of experts;
  • Learn how experienced BlackLine customers are using BlackLine products and services in innovative, industry-focused applications
  • Preview major new BlackLine products and platform enhancements;
  • Directly influence BlackLine’s future product plans.

BlackLine provides a suite of tightly integrated applications and packaged solutions that automate and accelerate the financial close and other key accounting and finance processes. Leading companies of all sizes are now integrating finance controls and automation solutions as part of their efforts to transform legacy, back-office operations into world-class, Modern Finance organizations with greater efficiencies and reduced compliance risk.

InTheBlack is taking place at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta. For more information, please visit or contact BlackLine Senior Vice President of Marketing Howard Goldstein at

About BlackLine

BlackLine is a leading provider of Enhanced Finance Controls and Automation (EFCA) software and the only one that offers a unified cloud platform supporting the entire close-to-disclose process. The BlackLine Finance Controls and Automation Platform is designed to help midsize companies and large enterprises strengthen controls, lower compliance risks and gain greater efficiencies and visibility. Delivered through a scalable and highly secure cloud model and built from a single code base, the platform supports many key accounting and financial processes including the financial close, account reconciliations, intercompany accounting and controls assurance, fueling confidence throughout the entire accounting cycle.

More than 110,000 users across 1,200 global companies in over 100 countries currently leverage BlackLine to increase accountant productivity and elevate controls and compliance functions to ‘Modern Finance’ status, with customers comprising more than 25 of the Fortune 100 and over 100 of the Fortune 500.

BlackLine complements existing enterprise systems for Corporate Performance Management, Governance Risk and Compliance and Enterprise Resource Planning. The BlackLine Financial Close Suite for SAP® Solutions is an SAP-endorsed business solution, joining the ranks of fewer than 40 other software offerings. BlackLine also is an SAP Gold Partner, Oracle Gold Partner, and participates in the partner programs of NetSuite and several other ERP providers.

BlackLine global headquarters are in Los Angeles, with offices in Atlanta, Chicago, London, Melbourne, New York City, Paris, Sydney and Vancouver. For more information, please visit


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