The Board of Directors
The Company and the Group are committed to high standards of corporate governance and the Board is accountable to the Company’s shareholders for good corporate governance.
The Board currently comprises the non-executive Chairman, the Chief Executive, four other executive directors and five other independent non-executive directors. The roles of the Chairman and the Chief Executive are quite distinct from one another and are clearly defined in written terms of reference for each role adopted by the Board and available by clicking on the link in the documents table below. The Board meets formally not less than six times a year, reviewing trading performance, ensuring adequate funding, setting and monitoring strategy, examining major acquisition opportunities and reviewing regular reports to shareholders.
Guy joined Sage in 1997 to run its French operation. He was appointed to the Board of Directors in January 2000 as CEO for its Mainland Europe business and in 2005 also took charge of its Asian operations. Guy succeeded Paul Walker as Group Chief Executive in October 2010. Prior to joining Sage he was Country Manager and then European Managing Director for Intuit, the US softwarecompany. Previously he worked at the French hardware company Groupe Bull where he was a Director of Marketing and Claris as Southern European General Manager.
A chartered accountant, Paul joined Sage in 1997 from Price Waterhouse to become Group Financial Controller. He joined the Board in April 2000 as Chief Financial Officer. In May 2007, Paul was appointed to the Board of Hays plc as a Non-Executive Director and, in November 2011, became the Senior Independent non-executive director.
Donald Brydon, Chairman and Non-executive Director
Donald joined the Board in July 2012 and succeeded Tony Hobson as Chairman on 1 September 2012. He is Chairman of the Royal Mail Group and Smiths Group plc. Donald had a 20-year career with Barclays Group, during which time he was Chairman and Chief Executive of BZW Investment Management and acting Chief Executive of BZW followed by fifteen years with the AXA Group including holding the posts of Chairman and Chief Executive of AXA Investment Managers and Chairman of AXA Framlington. He has also recently been Chairman of the London Metal Exchange, Amersham plc, Taylor Nelson Sofres plc and the ifs School of Finance and a Director of Allied Domecq plc and Scottish Power plc. He is a past Chairman of EveryChild.
Tamara Ingram OBE, Independent Non-Executive Director
Tamara, who joined the Board in December 2004, is responsible for WPP plc‘s Procter & Gamble business worldwide. She is also Executive Vice President, Executive Managing Director of Grey Global, Chairman of Visit London and sits on the development board for the Almeida Theatre.
Ruth Markland, Senior Independent Non-Executive Director
Ruth is a non-executive director of Standard Chartered plc and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of WRVS. She was formerly Managing Partner Asia for the international law firm, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and was appointed to the Group Board in September 2006.
Ian Mason, Independent Non-Executive Director
Ian joined the Board in November 2007. After working with McKinsey & Co. and The Boston Consulting Group, he joined Electrocomponents Plc in 1995 as Director of Business Development, becoming Group Chief Executive in July 2001. He holds an MBA from INSEAD.
Mark Rolfe, Independent Non-Executive Director
Mark joined the Board in December 2007. After qualifying as a chartered accountant with Coopers and Lybrand, Mark joined Gallaher Group plc in 1986, where he was Finance Director for seven years retiring in 2007. He is also a Non-executive Director of Hornby plc, Barratt Developments Plc and Debenhams Plc and Chairman of Lane, Clark and Peacock LLP.
|29th April 2010||Matters Reserved for the Board (adopted April 2010)|
|11th June 2008||Terms of Reference for the Executive Commitee|
|23rd November 2006||Role of the Chairman and Chief Executive|