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Sage Leadership Team


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 served as 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 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. 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 Twitter @SteveHare.

Jonathan Howell

Chief Financial Officer (ExCo)

Jonathan joined the Board as an independent non-executive director on May 15, 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 this, he had held the same position at the London Stock Exchange Group plc since 1999. The early part of his career was spent at Price Waterhouse, where he qualified as a chartered accountant.

Derk Bleeker

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

Derk Bleeker 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 of 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. Later on she moved to working in-house with large multi-nationals and UK public limited companies, helping to grow and transform businesses while managing their regulatory and litigation risk. 

You can follow Vicki on Twitter @vickibradin.

Amanda Cusdin

Chief People Officer (ExCo)

Amanda became Chief People Officer in September 2018, a role she started on an interim basis in October 2017. She joined Sage in March 2015, first to lead 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 Sage locations.

Amanda has eighteen years of HR experience across a number of global FTSE organizations, including manufacturing, engineering, and project businesses, where she focused on supporting executive leaders to drive change and transformation. Throughout her career, 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 organizations. Amanda has also specialized in talent development to executive level.

Passionate about developing talent and leadership and creating truly inclusive organizations 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: that it is built into our 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 organization. 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 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 July 1, 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 Organization, comprising: Product Marketing, Product Management, and Product Engineering. Lee returned to Sage in early 2018, after originally joining Sage in 2011 and having served as Managing Director of the UK and 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, where he led all software investment activity. Prior to that, he was a Managing Director at Arma Partners (a 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 (a 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 and 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. Kerry 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 and 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 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.

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, partner development, and 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.

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, occupying a range of positions in Sage’s European Business. Luis has been Managing Director of Sage Iberia since 2014, overseeing general management of Spain and Portugal. 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, and EVP & GM, Medium Segment Cloud Connected Solutions, Paul is now responsible for leading Sage in its home market of the UK and in Ireland.

Before working at Sage, Paul spent 15 years at global software solutions company, Amdocs. Prior to this, he 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 @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, customers and partners. 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 organizations that are increasingly looking to adopt emerging technology while managing costs and cash flow.

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 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 since 2007.

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. Klaus-Michael is based in the UK.

You can follow Klaus on Twitter @Kvogelberg

Amy Lawson

EVP, Communications

Amy is responsible for Communications at Sage. She is responsible for internal and external communications, 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's media operations as a civil servant for Her Majesty’s Government. She was also Head of Communications for Channel 4 News, where she was responsible for protecting and promoting the reputation of the national news programme, its journalism, and its presenters.

You can follow Amy on Twitter @amyllawson.

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