Pronto Software, an Australian company that makes manufacturing software, has named Chad Gates as COO. Gates joined Pronto in 2005 as product manager for retail in 2005. Since then, he has since held positions that include research and development manager and general manager in the company’s Victoria office. Pronto also promoted Gary Stemple to the job of development manager after serving as operations manager of core research and development.
MYOB, a software company based in Australia, said this month it has passed 100,000 online subscribers for its AccountRight cloud accounting application. While MYOB, whose name originated in this country, does not operate in the United States, it is notable for having invested in Acumatica in order to field an advanced package based on the latter’s software. MYOB also is important as competitor for New Zealand-based Xero, whose second largest market is Australia.
Peter Karpas has stepped down from his position as CEO of Xero’s North American operations after about seven months on the job. The New Zealand-based cloud software company said Xero CFO Ross Jenkins, based in San Francisco, Calif., will hold down operations until a replacement is found. Xero made the announcement earlier this month in filings with the New Zealand stock exchange. Xero CEO Rod Drury thanked Karpas for his work in helping “establish strong foundations for Xero in the U.S. market.”