SOURCE: Sage Software

August 09, 2005 09:00 ET

Sage Software Appoints Elvin Monteleone as Mid-Market CRM Senior Vice President and General Manager

SCOTTSDALE, AZ -- (MARKET WIRE) -- August 9, 2005 -- Sage Software today announced the appointment of Elvin Monteleone as senior vice president and general manager of mid-market CRM solutions. Monteleone will leverage his 30 years of software industry experience to lead overall strategy, operations and channel partner growth for CRM products including Sage CRM, SageCRM.com and the SalesLogix CRM Suite, and will report to Jim Foster, executive vice president for the Sage Software mid-market division.

"Elvin has deep industry knowledge and an aggressive record contributing to business management success," said Jim Foster, executive vice president, Sage Software mid-market division. "His skill set will help drive the growth of our market leading CRM solutions and enhance our freedom-of-choice strategy to provide the on-premises and hosted offerings today's customers require."

"Sage Software has a proven record of customer satisfaction leadership in the CRM industry," said Monteleone. "CRM is a mission-critical business initiative for our customers and, with over 7,000 installations, we have the expertise to deliver results with confidence and provide a solid return on the customer's investment."

Before joining Sage Software, Monteleone was chairman and CEO of Omicron Financial, Inc., a financial services software vendor. He also served as vice president of marketing for Holistic Systems, a provider of business intelligence technology that is now part of Business Objects Crystal Reports, the world's leading reporting tool that integrates with Sage CRM, SageCRM.com and SalesLogix.

Monteleone served as vice president of strategic alliances with Seagate Software, Inc., and was also vice president of customer service automation sales for Clarify, Inc. He previously held the position of executive vice president of sales, marketing and services for Best Software specialty products prior to the company being acquired by the Sage Group plc in 2000.

Monteleone earned his B.S. in industrial engineering from Louisiana State University and holds an M.S. in accounting from the University of Houston.

Sage CRM

Sage CRM is full-suite, configurable customer relationship management software for small and medium-size businesses that is available both as a hosted service at SageCRM.com and for on-premises deployment. Sage CRM provides marketing, sales and customer service teams with the tools they need to find new customers, close sales faster, and build lasting, more profitable relationships across all channels. With Sage CRM, teams are empowered with company-wide access to vital customer, partner, and prospect information and can integrate their system with many popular accounting and ERP solutions. For more details, visit www.sagecrm.com.

SalesLogix CRM Suite

With over 7,000 customers worldwide, SalesLogix is the CRM leader for small to medium-sized businesses. SalesLogix delivers easy-to-use and integrated sales, marketing, customer service and support automation solutions that can be tailored to an organization's unique customer acquisition, retention and development processes. SalesLogix is available through the Sage Software CRM channel of over 450 business partners. For more details, visit www.saleslogix.com.

About Sage Software (formerly Best Software)

Sage Software offers leading business management software and services that support the needs, challenges and dreams of more than 2.4 million small and mid-sized business customers in North America. Its parent company, The Sage Group plc (LSE: SGE.L), supports 4.5 million customers worldwide. For more than 25 years, Sage Software has delivered easy-to-use, scalable and customizable software for accounting, customer relationship management, human resources, time tracking and the specialized needs of accounting practices and the construction, distribution, manufacturing, nonprofit and real estate industries. For more information, please visit the Web site at www.sagesoftware.com/moreinfo or call (866) 308-2378.

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