Pascal Van DoorenAvalara has hired Pascal Van Dooren, VP of partner sales at Sage North America, as the sales-and-use-tax vendor loads up on Sage veterans the way Sage has loaded up on Microsoft veterans. This follows last week's departure of Rob Johnson, who had served as senior director of partner programs for Sage. Johnson will manage channel operations and Van Dooren, who has been with Sage since 2003, will be SVP of sales and marketing at Bainbridge Island, Wash.-based Avalara.

Marshal Kushniruk, EVP of business development, product management and marketing for Avalara, said, "We think he (Van Dooren) will bring a lot of credibility to the company." Kushniruk is handing marketing over to Van Dooren. An internal announcement from Pascal Houillon, CEO of Sage North America, said Van Dooren's last day is October 4. Avalara also hired Brian Austin, most recently public Brian Austinrelations director at rival SpeedTax, as director of accountant and industry relations. Courtesy of acquisitions and career opportunities, Austin held PR jobs at the former SBT Accounting Systems, Accpac, Softline and Sage with a stint running his own business in between. He joined SpeedTax in 2004. SpeedTax was recently acquired by CCH. Last modified on Sunday, 16 June 2013
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