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SugarCRM Expands Leadership Team, Hires Veteran Software Executive Chris Pennington as Chief Customer Officer

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SugarCRM Inc.®, the company that helps organizations deliver exceptional
customer experiences, today announced the addition of Chris Pennington
as Chief Customer Officer, reporting to SugarCRM CEO, Craig Charlton.

“Chris is a big believer in listening to what clients have to say,” said
Charlton. “He has an intense desire to ensure that we’re regarded as the
easiest company in the industry to work with and his primary objective
in this role is to deliver world-class customer outcomes by leading and
building enhanced delivery capabilities and success for our valued

Pennington joins Sugar with deep and broad experience, including twelve
years at Professional Advantage PTY Ltd., a global Independent Software
Vendor and Reseller of IT business systems to medium to large scale
organizations, where he oversaw revenues of more than $50 million as
vice president of the US and general manager of Australia.

At SugarCRM, he’ll be responsible for global professional services and

“I’m very excited to join an organization that is dynamic and poised for
growth,” said Pennington. “In my view, a great customer experience
should be akin to a great business. I’m looking forward to building
long, loyal relationships, retaining clients and helping them transition
through change.”

Pennington brings a wealth of knowledge across a broad portfolio of SaaS
and on-premise products and services, including CRM and managed services.

“The concept of the customer experience goes beyond the mechanical
aspects of a CRM system as a standalone item,” Pennington continued.
“One thing I’ll be driving in my role is that exposure to what it means
to have great customer experiences. It transcends all aspects of the
workplace. It’s not simply technology, it’s not just the people or the
services they receive – it’s all of it combined.”

Prior to Professional Advantage, Pennington held executive senior level
roles at Epicor Australia, Intelligent Building Solutions, Cedar
Enterprise Solutions and Interleaf. He holds an honorary BSc degree from
De Montfort University in the U.K. and PMP certification from the Sydney
chapter of the Project Management Institute.

“We believe strongly that the next wave of innovation in B2B is sharply
focused on the customer experience,” added CEO, Craig Charlton. “With a
wealth of experience and strong track record of understanding what
customers want from their CX partner, Chris will be a valuable ally as
we continue to go to market with game-changing solutions.”

About SugarCRM

SugarCRM is a customer experience management leader enabling businesses
to create profitable customer relationships by delivering highly
relevant, personalized experiences throughout the customer journey. We
empower companies to strengthen existing customer relationships, create
new ones through actionable insights and intelligent automation and
better understand the customer every stage of the journey. This enables
businesses to accelerate demand generation, grow revenue, deliver
superior customer care and increase loyalty. Our easy-to-use, intuitive
platform makes customer experience management easy and accessible for
everyone, allowing marketing, sales and services professionals to focus
on high-impact, value-adding activities that create customers for life.

Based in Silicon Valley, SugarCRM is backed by Accel-KKR. More than 2
million individuals in over 120 countries rely on SugarCRM.

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