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Non Executive Director Appointment

The Sage Group plc. ("Sage") is pleased to announce the appointment of John Bates to its Board as a non-executive director with effect from 31 May 2019. 

Dr Bates is a visionary technologist and highly accomplished business leader. He is currently CEO of Eggplant, which specialises in AI-powered software test automation. He pioneered the space of streaming analytics as Co-founder, President and CTO of Apama (now part of Software AG). He drove the evolution of platforms for digital business, while serving as Executive Vice President of Corporate Strategy and CTO at NASDAQ-listed Progress Software and as CTO of Big Data, Head of Industry Solutions and CMO at Frankfurt-listed Software AG. As CEO at Plat.One (acquired by SAP in 2016) he drove the commercial development of platforms to support internet of things applications. John holds a doctorate in computer science from Cambridge University and is the author of the book “Thingalytics: Smart Big Data Analytics for the Internet of Things.”

Sir Donald Brydon, Chairman, said: "I am delighted that John is joining the Sage Board. He has deep experience in the field of technology innovation, including the use of AI and Machine Learning functionality to improve the customer experience.  He will be able to bring this perspective to the Board as Sage continues on its journey in becoming a great, innovative SaaS company.”

There are no disclosures required for the purposes of Listing Rule 9.6.13.