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Sage Leadership Team

Members of the leadership team who are on the Executive Committee are denoted by (ExCo) after their titles.

Stephen Kelly

Stephen Kelly

Chief Executive Officer (ExCo)

Stephen Kelly became Chief Executive of Sage in November 2014. He has over 30 years’ leadership experience in the technology sector having led successful businesses in California, New York and Europe. Stephen is unique having served as Chief Executive Officer of two high growth, US & UK public companies - NASDAQ listed Chordiant Software, Inc. from 2001 to 2005 and London Stock Exchange listed Micro Focus International plc. from 2006 to 2010, where the company achieved a 7-fold increase in market value over the 4 years. In 2012 he was appointed Chief Operating Officer for UK Government. Stephen was the most senior Executive responsible for UK Government’s Efficiency & Reform Program - Digital, Commercial, IT, Major Projects and SME strategies. The program improved services to UK citizens whilst saving the UK taxpayer over £14bn in 13/14 (compared with 2010 base year).

Stephen has a passion for Small & Medium Businesses and acted as an angel investor for multiple start-ups.

Stephen loves sport and is married with three daughters. 

You can follow Stephen on @SKellyCEO.

Steve hare

Steve Hare

Chief Financial Officer (ExCo)

Steve joined Sage in January 2014, having previously been Operating Partner and Co-Head of the Portfolio Support Group at the private equity firm Apax Partners, which he joined in 2009. Prior to this he built over 10 years’ experience leading the finance function for three listed UK companies culminating as CFO for FTSE 100 company Invensys plc, the global technology-related business, from 2006 to 2009. Between 2004 and 2006 Steve was Group Finance Director for Spectris plc, the FTSE 250 precision instrumentation and controls company and from 1997 to 2003 he was with Marconi PLC, acting as CFO from 2001.

Steve qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1985 with Ernst & Whinney, now part of Ernst & Young, and has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Liverpool University.

You can follow Steve on @SteveHareCFO

Amanda Cusdin

Amanda Cusdin

Chief People Officer (Interim) (ExCo)

Amanda became interim Chief People Officer in October 2017, having joined Sage in March 2015 to lead first the people transformation across Sage Functions and then latterly as Executive Vice President People Business Partners leading the regional and functional generalist people teams across all of Sage locations.

Amanda has eighteen years of HR experience across a number of global FTSE organisations, including manufacturing, engineering and projects businesses where she focused on supporting executive leaders to drive change and transformation. During her career to date Amanda has built extensive experience across North America, Latin America, Asia and Europe. She has led in all aspects of Human Resources but specifically in M&A, growth in new geographies and working across cultures and matrix organisations. Amanda has also specialised in talent development to executive level.

Passionate about developing talent and leadership and creating truly inclusive organisations which promote diversity, Amanda has a Bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Warwick and postgraduate qualifications in Human Resources Management.

You can follow Amanda on Twitter @AmandaCusdinHR

Blair Crump

Blair Crump

President, Sage (ExCo)

Blair Crump joined Sage in August 2016 in the newly-created position of President, leading on sales and customer service across the Group.

Blair has significant leadership experience in the technology sector, joining Sage from Texas-based profit realization company PROS Holdings, where he was Chief Operating Officer. Previously, Blair led’s Global Enterprise business, reporting into CEO Marc Benioff, and prior to this spent five years at Verizon Business, where he was appointed Group President. Blair was also at MCI Communications for 23 years, before its acquisition by Verizon in 2006. Blair has a strong background in sales, customer service and driving growth.

Blair holds a BSc in Economics from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.


Ron McMurtrie

Chief Marketing Officer, Sage (Interim) (ExCo)

Ron McMurtrie joined Sage in 2017 and leads marketing across the company, inspiring long-term relationships through creativity and innovation.

McMurtrie aligns the strategic direction of product, brand, digital marketing and communications, and oversees key functional areas for new customer acquisition, building customers for life, and advancing Sage's cloud strategy.

Before joining Sage, McMurtrie was global Chief Marketing Officer at Recall, an information management company, leading worldwide marketing strategy and operations. Previously, McMurtrie has over 20 years’ experience in similar roles for brands including VCE – the joint venture between Cisco, EMC and VMware – First Data, Verizon and MCI. McMurtrie is a multi-dimensional leader with P&L and personnel responsibility spanning direct sales, marketing, enterprise consulting and professional services in private and public-sector markets.

Vicki Bradin

Vicki Bradin

General Counsel and Company Secretary (ExCo)

Vicki joined Sage last year from former FTSE 250 software company Misys, where she was Associate General Counsel. In her role at Misys, Vicki was responsible for M&A, litigation, risk, IP and more.

After graduating from Nottingham University, Vicki qualified as a solicitor in the City of London. Vicki spent her early career working as a corporate lawyer in global and magic circle law firms before moving in-house working in large multi-nationals and UK public limited companies, helping grow and transform businesses whilst managing their regulatory and litigation risk. 

You can follow Vicki on Twitter @vickibradin.

Klaus-Michael Vogelberg

Klaus-Michael Vogelberg

Chief Technology Officer (ExCo)

Responsible for Sage’s technology strategy and software architecture, Klaus-Michael joined us when Sage acquired the German KHK Software group in 1997. Having been R&D Director and a partner of that business Klaus-Michael went on to act as R&D Director for Sage in the UK and Ireland from 2004 to 2007 before taking on his current role.

A software entrepreneur, Klaus-Michael set up his first business aged 19 while studying aeronautical engineering and national economics. Klaus-Michael is based in the UK.

Sanjay Almeida

Sanjay Almeida

Chief Product Delivery Officer (ExCo)

Sanjay joined Sage as Chief Product Delivery Officer in October 2017, responsible for the development and delivery of Sage’s full suite of products. Sanjay joins from SAP, where he had been Senior Vice President and Chief Product Officer of the company’s Ariba business since October 2015.

Prior to this, Sanjay spent ten years at Concur Technologies, before the company was acquired by SAP. Here he held senior positions in Research & Development, before being made Senior Vice President of Global Product Management and Strategy.

Sanjay has an MBA in General Management from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.

You can follow Sanjay on Twitter @SanjayAlmeida

Jorge Carneiro

Jorge Carneiro

Managing Director, Latin America

At an early age, Jorge joined Grupo Amorim, a large company in Portugal, and was charged with turning around one of their subsidiaries. Later in his career he took on a similar role for a software company that was acquired by Sage in 1999, whereupon Jorge became the Managing Director of Sage Portugal. In 2014, he became MD of Sage Brazil and Latin America. He is also President of the British Chamber of Commerce & Industry in Brazil and a Non-Executive Member of the British Embassy Management Board in Brazil. Jorge graduated in Business Administration, has an MBA at ESADE, and studied leadership at INSEAD. Jorge enjoys spending time with his family and friends and playing golf.

You can follow Jorge on Twitter @JSCarneiroSAGE

Rainer Downar

Rainer Downar

Managing Director, Central Europe

Rainer Downar leads Sage’s business in one of its major markets – Central Europe. Rainer is not only an expert in high-paced, goal-oriented sales management, he is also a proven IT and technology expert, having previously worked for renowned technology companies such as IBM, Siemens subsidiary Tecnomatrix and Micro Focus. He holds degrees in Business Administration and Computer Science.

You can follow Rainer on Twitter @rainerdownar

Jum Emerick

Jim Emerick

EVP Customer Services

Jim’s role at Sage is accountable for the people, processes, and technology that deliver a positive customer service experience across all servicing channels, products, and geographies. Before Sage, Jim amassed three decades of experience in the financial services and aerospace industries, including roles at Bank of America, Honeywell International & TRW. Jim has a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Sonoma State University and a MBA from Pepperdine University.

You can follow Jim on Twitter @emerick_jim

Sue Goble

Sue Goble

EVP of Services

In her role at Sage, Sue is responsible for Customer Services, Professional Services, Learning Services and Customer Experience. Sue has a distinguished career at a range of cloud companies – including roles as CEO of the Cloud division of Iris Software Group; general manager for International at cloud consulting business Bluewolf; and senior roles at Salesforce and Siebel.

You can follow Sue on Twitter @suegoble

Nick Goode

Nick Goode

EVP Product

Nick leads product management for Sage. He's been in the software industry for over 20 years working globally on cloud, mobile and enterprise b2b products. He's passionate about leadership, digital engagement, innovation and customer success. Outside work, Nick is a health and fitness evangelist; he lives on a farm in Cheshire with his wife, children and horses.

You can follow Nick on Twitter @nickgoode

Nancy Harris

Nancy Harris

Managing Director, North America

Nancy Harris has more than 30 years’ experience in sales, marketing and partner development, successfully leading large SaaS and enterprise software companies including BMC Software and Asure Software. Nancy joined Sage in 2011, serving as vice president and general manager of Sage 50 Accounting, Canadian Edition and later as managing director of the company’s Canadian business. Today, Nancy resides in the U.S. and is managing director of Sage North America where she is responsible for the company’s day-to-day performance in the U.S. and Canada.

You can follow Nancy on Twitter @SageNancyHarris

Alan Laing

Alan Laing

Managing Director, United Kingdom and Ireland

Alan joined Sage in 2015. He is the Managing Director of the UK and Ireland business having begun his career at Sage as Executive Vice President for Partners and Alliances. Alan has more than 30 years’ experience working in the technology industry in Digital Equipment Corporation, Oracle and Avaya. Alan also held the positions of CEO of the CMS supplier Mediasurface, and GM of Portal Software, one of the first ISPs in the San Francisco bay area.

You can follow Alan on Twitter @alanlaing1


Kerry Agiasotis

Managing Director, Asia Pacific & Australia

Kerry has more than 20 years of business management, sales and consulting experience gained primarily in the Financial Services and IT industries. Australian-born Kerry was previously President of Western Union’s global Business Solutions division, and has held leadership positions at Oracle and Siebel Systems. He holds an Executive MBA degree from the Australian Graduate School of Management and is based in Sydney, Australia, where he is responsible for ensuring Sage’s continued growth and success in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region and Sage’s Australian business.

Luis Pardo

Luis Pardo

Managing Director, Sage Iberia

After holding positions in different multinational sectors, Luis joined Sage in 2001, occupying a range of positions in Sage’s European Business. Luis has been Managing Director of Sage Iberia – overseeing general management of Spain and Portugal – since 2014. Luis is a member of the Business Action Council of CEOE and the British Chamber of Commerce in Spain’s Investment Committee. Among other honors, Luis has been awarded the EU Leadership Award by the EU Business School and the prestigious Gold Star by the Institute For Professional Excellence.

You can follow Luis on Twitter @luispardo1

Seamus Smith

Seamus Smith

EVP, Global Payments and Banking

Seamus Smith joined Sage in July 2015 as CEO of SagePay and was appointed as Executive Vice President Worldwide Payments & Banking in February 2017. In this role, he leads the development of payments & banking services for Sage worldwide. Seamus has previously held senior roles in the financial services sector at GE Capital, American Express and PayPoint plc. He holds an MBA from Henley Management College, and is a Trustee and Treasurer of Windsor Leadership, a leadership development organisation.

You can follow Seamus on Twitter @seamus008

Paul Struthers

Paul Struthers

Managing Director, Canada

Paul Struthers is responsible for Sage’s overall business in Canada, working alongside Sage’s cherished network of customers, partners, and accountants. Before working at Sage, Paul spent 15 years at global software solutions company Amdocs, and prior to this managed the ERP consulting practice at RSA companies, where he also led and supported over 20 projects for small and mid-sized businesses in the U.S. and Canada.

You can follow Paul on Twitter @stutherspaul


Pieter Bensch

EVP, Africa and Middle East

As Executive Vice President for Sage in Africa and the Middle East, Pieter Bensch is responsible for growing Sage’s business across the region and executing its vision of disrupting and leading the market for cloud-based payroll and accounting solutions. He has 26 years of industry experience and has held leadership roles in complex technology businesses across Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Pieter joins Sage from HPE (Hewlett-Packard Enterprise), where he was the Managing Director for South Africa. Prior to joining HP, Pieter held a range of senior positions at Oracle, including Vice-President of Oracle Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), Vice-President of Customer Support for MEA and Vice-President and Managing Director of Oracle SA.


Jennifer Warawa

Jennifer Warawa

EVP, Partners, Accountants and Alliances

Jennifer Warawa has been with Sage for over nine years and leads our Partners, Accountants and Alliance Group, based in Sage’s Atlanta, USA office. Prior to working with Sage, Jennifer owned an accounting and consulting firm in Kelowna, Canada. Jennifer is passionate about helping others reach their full potential and outside of work, she loves mentoring youth and is an active foster parent.

You can follow Jennifer on Twitter @jenniferwarawa

Date Document
11 December 2017 Terms of Reference for the Executive Commitee