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Leadership

Sage Leadership Team

Leadership

Sage Leadership Team

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

Steve Hare

Chief Executive Officer

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 accumulated over 10 years of 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 from Liverpool University.

You can follow Steve on Twitter @SteveHare.


Jonathan Howell

Chief Financial Officer (ExCo)

Jonathan joined the Board as an independent non-executive director on 15 May 2013 and served as Chairman of the Audit Committee from November 2013 until December 2018. 

Jonathan was subsequently appointed Chief Financial Officer, having recently left the role of Group Finance Director of Close Brothers Group plc, which he held for 10 years.

Prior to that, he held the same position at the London Stock Exchange Group plc since 1999. The early part of his career was at Price Waterhouse, where he qualified as a chartered accountant.

Derk Bleeker

Chief Corporate Development Officer and MD, Southern Europe (ExCo)

Derk is responsible for portfolio simplification, M&A and business planning, and is also the interim Managing Director for Southern Europe. In Derk’s role as Chief Corporate Development Officer, he will drive the accelerated transformation of our product portfolio, to create a focused and high-growth SaaS company. Derk joined Sage in 2014 and has led corporate development and commercial finance. Derk’s previous roles include Director, Corporate Development for Europe, at Danaher, and Associate Director at HgCapital.

You can follow Derk on Twitter @BleekerDerk

Vicki Bradin

General Counsel and Company Secretary (ExCo)

Vicki joined Sage in 2016 from former FTSE 250 software company Misys (now Finastra), 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 at large multinationals and UK public limited companies, helping grow and transform businesses while managing their regulatory and litigation risks. 

You can follow Vicki on Twitter @vickibradin.

Amanda Cusdin

Chief People Officer (ExCo)

Amanda became Chief People Officer in September 2018, a role she was first assigned on an interim basis in October 2017. She joined Sage in March 2015 to lead the people transformation across Sage Functions, and then served as Executive Vice President of People Business Partners, leading the regional and functional generalist teams across all Sage locations.

Amanda has 18 years of HR experience across a number of global FTSE organisations, including manufacturing, engineering and project-based 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 the executive level.

Passionate about developing talent and leadership while creating truly inclusive organisations that 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

Sue Goble

Chief Customer Success Officer (ExCo)

Sue's role at Sage is to ensure that customer centricity is at the heart of the business, built into strategy and executed flawlessly through our operations. Working closely with the country MDs, Sue will set the strategy and governance for customer services and customer success on a global basis. Previously, Sue was responsible for Business Operations, leading major programs successfully across the organisation. Sue has had 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 the cloud consulting business Bluewolf; and senior roles at Salesforce and Siebel.

You can follow Sue on Twitter @suegoble

Aaron Harris

Aaron Harris

Chief Technology Officer (ExCo)

Responsible for Sage's technology strategy and software architecture, Aaron Harris has more than 20 years of high-tech engineering experience in business applications and software development strategies.

Previously, a founding leader of Sage Intacct, which was acquired by Sage in 2017, Harris led the company's product vision and technology direction, establishing Sage Intacct as the innovation leader in cloud financial management solutions.

You can follow Aaron on Twitter @AaronRHarris

Cath Keers

Chief Marketing Officer (ExCo)

Cath joined the Sage Board on 1 July 2017 as an independent non-executive director, and then served as a non-independent non-executive director from April 2020 to June 2020.

Cath was subsequently appointed Chief Marketing Officer, responsible for the global strategy and governance across all of Sage’s marketing – including brand, communications, events, digital channels and marketing operations. She previously held several senior executive roles at BT Group, O2, and as Chairman of Tesco Mobile.  

Cath’s non-executive experience includes advisory roles at TalkTalk, Bupa, Funding Circle Holdings plc and smaller companies including Ustwo and Trusted House Sitters.
 
Lee Perkins

Lee Perkins

Chief Operating Officer (ExCo)

Lee leads our regional businesses and our Global Product Organisation, comprising Product Marketing, Product Management and Product Engineering. Lee returned to Sage in early 2018, having originally joined Sage in 2011 and serving as Managing Director of the UK & Ireland until early 2016.

Lee has over 20 years of commercial and general management experience in public and private equity-backed businesses, most recently as CEO of Metronet and, prior to joining Sage, in executive leadership roles at Tech Data and Computacenter.

You can follow Lee on Twitter @_leeperkins

Keith Robinson

Chief Strategy Officer (ExCo)

Keith Robinson joined Sage in 2016 as EVP for Strategy, becoming the Chief Strategy Officer in September 2018. Previously an advisor to the ExCo until 2018, Keith is responsible for the overall strategic direction of the group driven by organic initiatives, and identifies ways to accelerate delivery against Sage’s vision of becoming a great SaaS company.

Keith has 20 years of experience in the software industry and previously co-founded Lamond Capital Partners, a San Francisco-based technology-focused hedge fund; led all Software investment activity. Prior to that, he was a Managing Director at Arma Partners (London-based technology M&A advisor), where he advised on cross-border software transactions totalling several billion dollars in aggregate value. He also spent time in strategy / technology consulting with Gartner and Scient (Sequoia-backed start-up) in the US and Japan, and investment banking at JPMorgan Chase in New York.

Keith has an undergraduate degree in Finance and Entrepreneurial Management from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from INSEAD.

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.

Pieter Bensch

Managing Director, Africa & Middle East

As Managing Director of 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, the Middle East and Africa.

Pieter joined 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.

You can follow Pieter on Twitter @PieterBensch.

Nancy Harris

Managing Director, North America

Nancy Harris has more than 30 years of 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 US and is managing director of Sage North America.

You can follow Nancy on Twitter @SageNancyHarris

Luis Pardo

Managing Director, Sage Iberia


After holding positions in different multinational sectors, Luis joined Sage in 2001, serving in a range of positions within Sage’s European Business. Luis has been Managing Director of Sage Iberia, overseeing general management in both 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 honours, 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

Paul Struthers

Managing Director, UK and Ireland

Paul Struthers has more than 20 years of technology experience. Previously Sage’s Managing Director, Canada, EVP and GM, Medium Segment Cloud Connected Solutions, Paul is now responsible for leading Sage in its home market of the UK and in Ireland.

Before joining Sage, Paul spent 15 years at the 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 medium-sized businesses in the US and Canada.

You can follow Paul on Twitter @strutherspaul

Nancy Tichbon

Managing Director, Canada

Nancy Tichbon brings over 20 years of visionary leadership to her role, nurturing key relationships that drive exceptional experiences for Sage colleagues, partners and customers. Nancy is responsible for the company’s day-to-day performance in Canada. 

Consistently providing strategic vision and developing capable teams, Nancy has demonstrated a strong track record of driving complex change, exceeding sales expectations, building customer loyalty and driving maximum profitability at Canada’s top tech companies. 

Previously, Nancy was VP, Sales for Bell Mobility and Bell Residential and also served as VP, Customer Experience at Bell. As a customer success leader, Nancy built and managed Customer Operations at two Virgin Mobile start-ups, while leading Virgin Mobile Canada to win multiple, national-level customer satisfaction awards.

You can follow Nancy on Twitter @NancyTichbon

Neal Watkins

EVP Small Segment

Neal joined Sage in April 2020, having previously been Chief Product Officer at BAE Systems Applied Intelligence, which he joined in 2015. Neal is responsible for leading the Small Segment Category Teams to provide products, solutions and clear customer journeys for those owner-run/small organisations who are increasingly looking to adopt emerging technology while managing costs and cashflow.

He has 25 years of software and engineering experience, including 11 years at Symantec in a number of senior roles across Product Management and Development as well as Pre-Sales.

You can follow Neal on Twitter @neal_watkins.
 

Aziz Benmalek

EVP Partners & Alliances

Aziz joined Sage in December 2020, having previously spent two years as Vice President of Worldwide Partners, Business Development and Channel Chief at Splunk. Prior to this, Aziz gained 20 years of experience at Microsoft in various roles, including Vice President of the SaaS, Cloud and Hosting Business Unit, leading the vision, strategy, sales, business development, technical enablement and marketing.
 
Aziz has extensive worldwide experience in the technology industry. He is passionate about cloud and SaaS, and he is skilled at leading multiple business segments in mature and emerging markets across North America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Klaus-Michael Vogelberg

Chief Architect and Technology Advisor

In 2019, Klaus-Michael took on the critical role of shaping the technology agenda at Sage, having previously served as Chief Technology Officer from 2007.

Klaus-Michael joined us when Sage acquired the German KHK Software group in 1997. Having been the 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. Klaus-Michael is based in the UK.

You can follow Klaus on Twitter @Kvogelberg

Amy Lawson

EVP, Communications

Amy is responsible for internal and external communications at Sage, including public relations, industry analyst relations, and events. She sets the global communications strategy for our team of regional communications experts to engage with all corporate stakeholders, and oversees our events for customers, partners and colleagues.

Previously, Amy was head of the Cabinet Office media operation as a civil servant for Her Majesty’s Government and was Head of Communications for Channel 4 News, where she was responsible for protecting and promoting the reputation of the national news program, its journalism and its presenters.

You can follow Amy on Twitter @amyllawson

Date Document
18 January 2019 Terms of Reference for the Executive Committee