Karl Grass was named vice president and general manager of Sage Abra HRMS and Sage Payroll Services at Sage Software, a manufacturer of accounting software. Grass will be responsible for overseeing the Sage Abra and Payroll Services for Sage throughout North America, and will report directly to Ray Jimison, vice president and general manager of Specialized Business Solutions.Formerly the vice president and general manager of Intuit's Professional Group in Dallas, Grass was also once a partner at defunct Chicago-based CPA firm Arthur Andersen LLP. His time at the former Big Five firm was spent mostly as general manager of Arthur Andersen Technology Enterprises, the firm's software-producing branch.

Grass holds a Bachelor's in accounting from Duke University in Durham, N.C. He will be working out of Sage's St. Petersburg, Fla., office, which serves as headquarters for both the Sage Abra and Payroll teams.

Rick Valentine will report directly to Grass and remain the vice president and general manager for Sage Payroll and Sage Compliance Services.

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