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BlackLine Systems Executives Take Home Gold, Bronze in Best in Biz Awards 2012

Leading financial close software provider Marketing VP Howard Goldstein wins gold; CFO Charles Best takes bronze, in program judged exclusively by press, analysts

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Two BlackLine Systems management team members have been named Gold and Bronze award winners for 'Marketing' and 'Finance Executives of the Year,' respectively, in the 2012 Best in Biz Awards – the only independent business awards program judged exclusively by members of the press and industry analyst communities.

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BlackLine VP of Marketing Howard Goldstein was honored with a Gold Best in Biz Award for his efforts building the company's marketing program from the ground up.  Under Goldstein's direction, BlackLine has a comprehensive program of Trade Shows, Webinars, Roundtables, User Groups/Conferences, Client 'Get-Togethers,' Events, Partner Training, Advertising, PR, Lead Generation – and the list goes on.  All marketing activities are replicated, as appropriate, in the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) and APAC (Asia-Pacific) regions to attract global prospects, as the company expands internationally.

Charles Best came on board as BlackLine's first Chief Financial Officer (CFO) in June 2011.  Best's appointment as a Bronze Best in Biz Awards recipient reflects BlackLine's strong financial performance, along with Best's direction implementing multiple technology solutions to automate and improve processes for the fast-growing financial software company.

BlackLine revenues were up by more than 50 percent in both 2010 and 2011 and are on track to grow by at least that pace in 2012.  BlackLine continues to add clients at an aggressive pace with a long list of household name organizations already on board including AT&T, Boeing, Northrop Grumman, Whirlpool and Zurich Insurance.  The company has added a number of large internationally based organizations, as well, such as Eurostar International in the United Kingdom, Lafarge SA in France and Coles Supermarkets in Australia.

Best in Biz Awards recognizes top companies, teams, executives and products for their business success.  More than 400 entries were received in this year's awards program, from a wide array of public and private companies of all sizes and from a variety of industries and regions in the U.S. and Canada.

Winners of Best in Biz Awards 2012 were determined by an independent panel of 32 judges from top-tier news, business and technology publications, as well as broadcast outlets and analyst firms, such as ABC, BusinessWeek, Computerworld, ECT News Network, Entrepreneur, eWeek, Financial Times, Forbes, FOX News, IDG Ventures, IEEE Institute, Inc., Insight Media, King Features Syndicate, Lab Reviews, Network World, The News and Observer, PC Magazine, ReadWriteWeb, Techtalk, Upstart Business Journal, USA Today and ZDNet.

For a full list of Gold, Silver and Bronze winners in Best in Biz Awards 2012, visit: http://www.bestinbizawards.com/2012-winners.

About BlackLine Systems
BlackLine Systems was the first to develop and offer a commercially available Balance Sheet Account Reconciliation solution.  An experienced provider of software to companies from the Fortune 100 to beyond the Fortune 1,000, BlackLine provides quick-to-implement, scalable and easy-to-use applications that automate the entire financial close process to help improve financial controls for companies of all sizes.  BlackLine software applications complement existing Enterprise Performance Management (EPM), Governance Risk and Compliance (GRC) and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems.

BlackLine offers clients its enterprise-class software in a simple and secure OnDemand/SaaS platform.  With a proven track record and a commitment to customer success, BlackLine seeks to reduce the burden the financial close places on accounting and finance professionals. 

BlackLine headquarters are in Los Angeles, with offices in Atlanta, Chicago, London, New York City and Sydney to serve the company's growing global client base.  For more information, please visit www.blackline.com.  

Media Contact:
Kimberly Uberti
Director of Corporate Communications
BlackLine Systems
kimberly.uberti@blackline.com

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