NAPERVILLE, Ill. - Sikich LLP, a leading accounting, advisory, investment banking, technology and managed services firm, recently named Christopher Hayden as the partner-in-charge of presales for the firm's technology practice.  

With more than 30 years of business experience, including 14 years at Sikich, Hayden has worked with hundreds of companies in the evaluation of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software. In his new role, he leads the seven person team responsible for building best practice product solutions across the ERP, customer relationship management (CRM) and business intelligence practice areas. Hayden will develop innovative solutions to solve clients' complex business challenges and act as the liaison between the sales and service teams to create a more collaborative sales process.   

"Chris knows how to help clients reach their long- and short-term goals while simultaneously enhancing their unique vision," said Jim Sikich, CEO of Sikich LLP. "His extensive experience with ERP and CRM solutions coupled with his knowledge of a diverse set of industries will enable our firm to design and deliver creative and high-impact software solutions."

Hayden, 56, holds several certifications in Microsoft Dynamics ERP and CRM, and he regularly speaks at conferences and events around the country, including SuiteWorld, NetSuite's largest user group convention. He has received multiple President's Club awards from Microsoft and NetSuite, and Microsoft awarded him a Customer Excellence in Innovation award for his work in continuous process improvement for numerous customers and collaboration with partner organizations.

He received a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt from Purdue University in 2013. Purdue awards the Lean Six Sigma Green Belt to professionals in the manufacturing and distribution industry who demonstrate an in-depth understanding of process improvement -- with a focus on efficiency and waste reduction -- as shown through a comprehensive consulting project.

Before joining Sikich, Hayden served as the Competitive Intelligence Director at NetSuite, where he worked with all levels of the sales process to align sales representatives, solution consultants and services to provide a compelling competitive advantage. From 1998 to 2012, he worked at Sikich as the Chief Solutions Architect for the technology division. Prior to that, he served as a consultant for Softbite Solutions, which Sikich acquired in 2002. He has also held management positions in both accounting and operations at professional services, distribution and manufacturing companies.

Hayden holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Elmhurst College.

About Sikich LLP
Sikich LLP, a leading accounting, advisory, investment banking, technology and managed services firm, has more than 600 employees throughout the country. Founded in 1982, Sikich now ranks as one of the country's Top 35 Certified Public Accounting firms and is among the top 1 percent of all enterprise resource planning solution partners in the world. From corporations and non-profits to state and local governments, Sikich clients can use a broad spectrum of services and products that help them reach long-term, strategic goals.

Securities are offered through Sikich Corporate Finance LLC, a registered broker dealer with the Securities Exchange Commission and a member of FINRA/SIPC.

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