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Ascend targets EMEA growth with sales hire, a specialist in data pipeline automation, is expanding its global presence and has hired Robin Rostratter as head of EMEA sales, to better engage and support the company's customer base across Europe and Asia Pacific markets.

She will be based in Dublin, Ireland. Rostratter joins Ascend from Google, where she led various sales and vendor teams for Google Cloud to better serve small- and medium-sized businesses across EMEA.

Prior to Google, she worked as an investment researcher for S&P Global Market Intelligence and GLG.

"Robin's background in growing a customer base in EMEA will be invaluable in accelerating the momentum we have been building in that region,” said Tom Weeks, chief business officer at Ascend. "We look forward to helping more customers worldwide benefit from the transformative impact of data pipeline automation with lower infrastructure costs and higher efficiency."

Rostratter added: "I was drawn to Ascend's strong and collaborative culture; it's so evident how much the full team is inspired by the immense potential of Ascend's platform."

Over the past year, Ascend has raised $31m in Series B funding, led by Tiger Global with participation from Shasta Ventures and existing investor Accel. It has doubled its headcount, focusing on customer success, sales and engineering.

Under Rostratter's leadership, Ascend will continue to expand the EMEA team, particularly in sales and customer success, to serve its “rapidly growing customer base in the region”, said the firm.