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Tom Parker Joins Avalara as Chief Information Officer


IT and Business Strategy Executive is Latest Hire as Company Amplifies its Rapid Growth

Bainbridge Island, WA – June 27, 2013 Avalara, the market leading provider of sales tax and compliance automation services in the cloud, today announced the appointment of Tom Parker as its chief information officer. Parker has nearly 20 years of experience helping global organizations envision, deploy, and manage information technology solutions, which he will build upon in his new role at Avalara.

Prior to joining Avalara Parker was the director of Application Security at the Microsoft Corporation, accountable for the overall risk management of Microsoft IT’s application portfolio. Before that he was responsible for shaping Microsoft’s enterprise application platform business architecture and supporting model and tools as director of business architect, application platform. He has also served as a strategic security advisor for Microsoft and as a managing consultant for Shavilk Technologies.

“Avalara is building a world class management team with an eye toward accelerating our rapid growth,” said Avalara Founder and CEO Scott McFarlane. “Tom’s recognized leadership and extensive experience in both the private and public sectors will go a long way as we continue to shape the company and set a new standard for compliance automation.”

Parker came to Microsoft after serving nearly ten years in the United States Navy, most recently as a senior security engineer/division manager responsible for the management and operations of an 85 person Naval Division. He also provided consultative support to build and execute information security strategy for US government entities worldwide. Parker is co-author of the National Security Agency’s “Guide to Securing Windows XP Professional” and is the author of several whitepapers on risk management and Windows Configuration.

About Avalara
Founded in 2004, Avalara pioneered a service-based platform for sales tax and compliance automation and has been recognized for years as one of America’s fastest growing technology firms. The company’s cloud solutions help thousands of customers stay focused on their core businesses by providing automated end to end compliance services including sales and use tax calculation, exemption certificate management, filing and remittance, and a broad array of related services.

Avalara built its technology platform and extensive user base using internal expertise and the strategic acquisition of industry leading organizations, technologies, and personnel. Operating behind the scenes via seamless integration with virtually any business management system, Avalara delivers fast, easy, accurate, and affordable solutions for companies of any size.

On the international front, the company supports nearly 100 countries in Europe, Asia, Latin America, and the Pacific Rim. It serves tens of thousands of registered users globally and calculates VAT, sales and use taxes on one billion transactions annually. The company employs more than 400 professionals at its headquarters on Bainbridge Island, WA and offices in Seattle WA; Irvine, San Diego and Rocklin, CA; Falls Church, VA; Raleigh, NC; Harrisburg, PA; and Pune, India.

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Avalara helps businesses of all sizes get tax compliance right. In partnership with leading ERP, accounting, ecommerce, and other financial management system providers, Avalara delivers cloud-based compliance solutions for various transaction taxes, including sales and use, VAT, excise, communications, and other indirect tax types. Headquartered in Seattle, Avalara has offices across the U.S. and around the world in the U.K., Belgium, Brazil, and India.