Former Razorfish Executive to Oversee Dramatic Growth
BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, WA – February 22, 2012 – Avalara, the leader and visionary in sales tax automation for businesses of all sizes, announces the appointment of Salim Hemdani as its chief technology officer.
Hemdani joins the company at a pivotal point in its evolution. In 2011 Avalara raised a significant growth round of funding to dramatically scale its business and multiply its customer base in 2012 and beyond. Hemdani will play a crucial role in managing this intense growth by overseeing Avalara’s delivery of the fastest, easiest, most accurate and affordable way to manage indirect taxes.
As CTO Hemdani will oversee technical operations and industry-leading initiatives designed to navigate and simplify complex sales tax systems worldwide, both critical factors contributing to Avalara’s signature customer experience.
Avalara currently serves more than 30,000 registered users globally and calculates VAT, sales, and use taxes on more than 750 million transactions annually. It also manages millions of exemption certificates, submits more than 500,000 returns and files and remits almost $10 billion in sales and use tax collections per year. AvaTax, its industry-leading software as a service offering, is recommended by more than 1,200 software resellers and accountants and is selected by nearly 160 ecommerce and financial services manufactures to embed into their applications.
Avalara Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer Jared Vogt said the company is just beginning to fulfill its enormous growth potential. “AvaTax solves critical statutory tax requirements that all businesses must comply with worldwide,” said Vogt. “Salim has the technical skills and leadership talent to continue Avalara’s growth as a world-class technology organization.”
According to Vogt, Hemdani’s broad and deep background makes him an ideal fit for this critical role. Most recently Hemdani was group vice president at Razorfish, where he managed ‘experiences and platforms’ for the Microsoft global account. In this capacity Hemdani was responsible for user experience, delivery management and technology. Before that he was vice president of technology and a key member of project teams that served clients ranging from start-up enterprises to Fortune 50 corporations.
“Much like a utility, our customers expect to quickly, accurately and affordably calculate sales tax every second, every day of the year,” said Vogt. “We are confident Salim and his group will make good on our promise to deliver.”
Hemdani’s technical expertise includes executing large ecommerce, content management, identity management, SaaS solutions and portal systems for AT&T mobility, Nike, Dell, Nintendo, Microsoft and Veritas, among others.
Hemdani graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering at Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology in Nagpur, India. He has an EMBA from the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington, where he was inducted as member of Beta Gamma Sigma honor society.
Avalara is the leader and visionary in sales tax automation for businesses of all sizes. It simplifies the complexity associated with sales and use tax and – in the process – makes compliance achievable by all.
Avalara partners with nearly 160 of the world’s leading accounting and commercial software publishers to accomplish this. Its web-based offering provides the most complete set of transactional tax compliance services available, including tax calculation, exemption certificate management and returns processing. It also offers 1099 filing and reporting.
Established in 2004, Avalara is a founding member and Certified Service Provider of the Streamlined Sales Tax initiative and one of the fastest-growing companies in America. It employs more than 250 professionals at its headquarters on Bainbridge Island, WA and offices in Seattle; Irvine, San Diego and Rocklin, CA; Falls Church, VA and Pune, India.
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