Rob Johnson to Depart Sage for Avalara

I’ve been hearing for three weeks about possible changes at Sage however nobody was giving up any hints of who may have been leaving or what may have been changing.

Today I heard from two sources about one reported change.  Sage Senior Director, Channel Programs & Readiness Rob Johnson will supposedly depart the first week in September. According to those in the know Rob has accepted a position with sales tax automation and services provider Avalara as National Sales Manager.

Rob’s position as Sage was to work at the direction of  VP of  Channel Management  Tom Miller and prepare channel readiness programs – primarily in the form of sales training.

In addition to his speaking skills Rob is also the author of the book Kick Your Own Ass: The Will, Skill, and Drill of Selling More Than You Ever Thought Possible. His Amazon bio describes him as:

 Robert Early Johnson is the head of all sales training for Sage North America, the leading supplier of business software for small and medium-sized businesses to over six million customers worldwide. He is Sage’s “front man” for transforming businesses and working to improve sales performance for Sage employees, partners, and customers worldwide. Previously, Johnson developed the Sage Sales Academy, an award-winning training program that has helped thousands of salespeople change the trajectory of their careers.

Rob’s departure follows additional recent departures this year – including the July 2011 departure of Laurie Schultz, SVP and GM, Mid-Market ERP Solutions, the May 2011  departure of Scott Zandbergen , VP Product Management, the April 2011 “retirement” of Sally Craig, VP Sales and the departure of CTO Motasim Najeeb.

8 Replies to “Rob Johnson to Depart Sage for Avalara”

  1. With all due respect Sage partners do not have a reputation for sales acumen, perhaps he didn’t have the knowledge, perhaps he didn’t have the budget. Whatever. Good luk

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