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Column5 Consulting Enhances UK Services Team

Lee Merchant hired as Director of Enterprise Performance Management Services at Column5 Consulting in the UK.

London, United Kingdom, January 27, 2010 --( Column5 Consulting, a global leader in Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) consulting, today announced the addition of Lee Merchant to the Column5 team as Director of EPM Services in the United Kingdom.

Mr. Merchant is an accomplished professional services leader with over 20 years of experience in driving improvements in business performance, through leveraging technology to support the people and processes that deliver results for the business.

Prior to joining Column5, Mr. Merchant was Director of Business Development for the EPM Practice of a leading performance management consultancy, Paragon Consulting Group, covering a range of technologies. During his career Mr. Merchant has been Program Manager for 20+ Business Intelligence and Performance Management engagements, for clients across a spectrum of industries, such as BP, Barclays, Domino’s Pizza, HSBC, Pfizer, Perrier, and Vodafone, including managing a $5m global delivery for General Electric.

Column5 is a leading provider of EPM consulting services focusing on SAP’s market leading suite of performance management products, and has an existing presence in the UK since the acquisition in 2009 of k-twenty Consulting. With the addition of Mr. Merchant, Column5 adds senior experience in the management of performance improvement projects, both small and large scale.

“I’m excited to join the Column5 team, as their reputation in the industry is unparalleled,” commented Mr. Merchant. “I look forward to delivering top flight performance management solutions to companies in the UK and Europe.”

“The European market is of increasing importance to us, both in terms of serving the needs of that market and in providing global support to US-based international companies,” says David Den Boer, founder of Column5. “Lee has deep experience in applying technology solutions to help businesses move to the next level, and we’re delighted to be able to bring that degree of expertise to our UK and European clients.”

About Column5 Consulting: Column5, one of the fastest growing consulting organizations in the EPM market, is a full service consulting firm that equips finance managers and CFOs to dramatically improve how they plan and manage their businesses. The company is one of SAP’s leading Enterprise Performance Management partners, supporting solutions such as BPC, PCM, SSM, S&OP, and BusinessObjects BI. Column5 consultants have helped more than 350 organizations use these leading EPM tools to develop planning, budgeting, reporting, consolidation, and other management applications. Headquartered outside Phoenix, Arizona, Column5 has presence in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle, Denver, Las Vegas, Atlanta, Dallas, Houston and London. More information is available at or by emailing

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