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Sage Group PLC (SGE.L)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Donald Brydon

72 2012 Non-Executive Chairman of the Board

Stephen Kelly

55 2014 Chief Executive Officer, Executive Director

Steve Hare

56 2014 Group Chief Financial Officer, Executive Director

Blair Crump

55 2016 President - Sage

Amanda Cusdin

40 2017 Interim Chief People Officer

Pieter Bensch

2017 Executive Vice President - Africa and Middle East

Jim Emerick

Executive Vice President - Customer Services

Sue Goble

Executive Vice President - Services

Nick Goode

Executive Vice President - Product

Seamus Smith

2015 Executive Vice President - Global Payments and Banking

Jennifer Warawa

Executive Vice President - Partners, Accountants and Alliances

Klaus-Michael Vogelberg

52 Chief Technology Officer

Ron McMurtrie

52 2018 Chief Marketing Officer

Victoria Bradin

39 2016 General Counsel, Company Secretary

Kerry Agiasotis

2017 Managing Director - Asia Pacific & Australia

Jorge Carneiro

Managing Director - Latin America

Robin Chao

Managing Director - Asia

Rainer Downar

Managing Director - Central Europe

Nancy Harris

Managing Director - North America

Alan Laing

2015 Managing Director - United Kingdom and Ireland

Luis Pardo

Managing Director - Sage Iberia

Paul Struthers

Managing Director - Canada

Sanjay Almeida

44 2017 Chief Product Delivery Officer

Neil Berkett

62 2013 Independent Non-Executive Director

Drummond Hall

68 2017 Senior Non-Executive Independent Director

Jonathan Howell

55 2013 Independent Non-Executive Director

Soni Jiandani

51 2017 Non-Executive Independent Director

Catherine Keers

53 2017 Independent Non-Executive Director

Lauren Wholley

2017 Investor Relations Director

Biographies

Name Description

Donald Brydon

Mr. Donald H. Brydon, CBE, serves as Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of The Sage Group PLC. He joined the Board in July 2012 and became Chairman on 1 September 2012. He is also Chairman of the London Stock Exchange and the Medical Research Council and was, until 1 September 2015, Chairman of the Royal Mail plc, and until 19 November 2013, Chairman of 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 chaired the London Metal Exchange, Amersham plc, Taylor Nelson Sofres plc and the ifs School of Finance and is a past Chairman of EveryChild. He has also served as Senior Independent Director of Allied Domecq plc and Scottish Power plc.

Stephen Kelly

Mr. Stephen P. Kelly serves as Chief Executive Officer, Executive Director of The Sage Group PLC. He 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).

Steve Hare

Mr. Steve Hare serves as Group Chief Financial Officer, Executive Director of The Sage Group plc. He 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.

Blair Crump

Mr. Blair Crump serves as President - Sage of the company. He 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 Salesforce.com’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.

Amanda Cusdin

Ms. Amanda Cusdin serves as Interim Chief People Officer of the company. Amanda has 18 years’ of HR experience across several global FTSE organisations in a variety of sectors where she focused on supporting executive leaders to drive change and transformation. During her career to date Amanda has built extensive experience across the Americas, Asia and Europe. She has led 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. Amanda has a Bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Warwick and postgraduate qualifications in Human Resources Management.

Pieter Bensch

Mr. Pieter Bensch serves as Executive Vice President - Africa and Middle East of the company. 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.

Jim Emerick

Mr. Jim Emerick serves as Executive Vice President - Customer Services of the company. His 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.

Sue Goble

Ms. Sue Goble serves as Executive Vice President - Services of the company. 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.

Nick Goode

Mr. Nick Goode serves as Executive Vice President - Product of the company. He 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.

Seamus Smith

Mr. Seamus Smith serves as Executive Vice President - Global Payments and Banking of the company. He 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 organization.

Jennifer Warawa

Ms. Jennifer Warawa serves as Executive Vice President - Partners, Accountants and Alliances of the company. She 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.

Klaus-Michael Vogelberg

Mr. Klaus-Michael Vogelberg serves as Chief Technology Officer of The Sage Group Plc. He is 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.

Ron McMurtrie

Mr. Ron McMurtrie serves as Chief Marketing Officer of the Company. Ron 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, Ron was global Chief Marketing Officer at Recall, an information management company, leading worldwide marketing strategy and operations. Previously, Ron 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. Ron is a multi-dimensional leader with P&L and personnel responsibility spanning direct sales, marketing, enterprise consulting and professional services in private and publicsector markets.

Victoria Bradin

Ms. Victoria Bradin serves as General Counsel, Company Secretary of the company. She joined Sage this 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.

Kerry Agiasotis

Mr. Kerry Agiasotis serves as Managing Director, Asia Pacific & Australia of the company. 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.

Jorge Carneiro

Mr. Jorge Carneiro serves as Managing Director - Latin America of the company. 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.

Robin Chao

Mr. Robin Chao serves as Managing Director - Asia of the company. His key responsibilities at Sage Software Asia include leading sales, directing business strategy development and managing the vast partner ecosystem. A 22-year veteran in the IT industry, Robin was most recently Regional Sales Director for South Asia at Epicor Software Asia, responsible for ASEAN direct and indirect quota development, GTM plans, partner enablement programs and driving ASEAN market expansion. He has also held leadership positions at other SME organisations such as Powermatic Distribution and Singapore Computer Systems. He graduated in 2002 from the University of Southern Queensland with a Bachelor of Information Technology.

Rainer Downar

Mr. Rainer Downar serves as Managing Director - Central Europe of the company. He 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.

Nancy Harris

Ms. Nancy Harris serves as Managing Director - North America of the company. She 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.

Alan Laing

Mr. Alan Laing serves as Managing Director - United Kingdom and Ireland of the company. He 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.

Luis Pardo

Mr. Luis Pardo serves as Managing Director - Sage Iberia of the company. 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.

Paul Struthers

Mr. Paul Struthers serves as Managing Director - Canada of the company. He 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.

Sanjay Almeida

Mr. Sanjay Almeida serves as Chief Product Delivery Officer of the company. Sanjay joined Sage 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.

Neil Berkett

Mr. Neil A. Berkett serves as Independent Non-Executive Director of The Sage Group PLC. He joined the Board on 5 July 2013. He is also Chairman of the Guardian Media Group, a member of the Board of Trustees of the NSPCC and until recently was a board member at Bank of Queensland Ltd. He has over 25 years’ experience in a wide range of highly competitive consumer industries. Most recently, he was Chief Executive of Virgin Media Group from March 2008 to June 2013, having joined ntl, Virgin Media’s predecessor, as Chief Operating Officer in September 2005. Before ntl he was Managing Director, Distribution, at Lloyds TSB plc (UK). His previous roles include Chief Operating Officer at Prudential Assurance Company Ltd UK, Head of Retail at St George Bank, Senior General Manager at the Australian division of Citibank Limited, Chief Executive at Eastwest Airlines Australia and Financial Controller at ICL Australia.

Drummond Hall

Mr. Drummond Hall serves as Senior Non-Executive Independent Director of The Sage Group PLC. He joined the Board on 1st January 2014 and is a member of the Remuneration, Audit and Nomination Committees. He is currently the Senior Independent non-executive director of WH Smith plc. Previously Drummond was Chief Executive of Dairy Crest Group plc from 2002 to 2006, prior to which the majority of his career was spent with Procter and Gamble, Mars and PepsiCo. Drummond was a Non-executive Director of Mitchells & Butlers plc from July 2004 to January 2010 and Chairman from June 2008 to November 2009.

Jonathan Howell

Mr. Jonathan A. G. Howell serves as Independent Non-Executive Director of The Sage Group PLC. He joined the Board on 15 May 2013 and became Chairman of the Audit Committee in November 2013. He is also Group Finance Director of Close Brothers Group plc, joining in February 2008 and previously held the same position at the London Stock Exchange Group plc since 1999. Jonathan has also been a non-executive director of EMAP plc and Chairman of FTSE International. The early part of his career was at Price Waterhouse where he qualified as a chartered accountant.

Soni Jiandani

Ms. Soni Jiandani serves as Non-Executive Independent Director of the company. An engineer by background, Soni Jiandani has over 25 years’ experience in the technology industry, including 22 years at Cisco where she held the position of SVP, Marketing. During her time at Cisco, she led a team which was responsible for establishing multi-billion dollar revenue streams in the Switching, Storage Networking and Server markets. She was also part of the team that established many successful, company-funded start-ups which were subsequently acquired (spin-ins) which provided access to adjacent markets. Prior to joining Cisco, Soni held marketing executive positions at UB Networks and Excelan. Soni has extensive experience in marketing and driving industry transformation through market disruption. Her background of bringing innovative technologies to market is a valuable addition to the Board’s skills and experience.

Catherine Keers

Ms. Catherine Jane Keers serves as Independent Non-Executive Director of the Company. She joined the Board on 1 July 2017. Ms Keers started her retail career with Thorn EMI and, after marketing and business development roles at Sky TV, Avon and Next, joined the BT Group in 1996, holding a number of commercial roles, including Marketing Director O2, Chairman of Tesco Mobile and Customer Director O2. Ms Keers is a non-executive director of the Royal Mail group, TalkTalk Telecom Group plc and Liverpool Victoria Friendly Society Limited (LV=) and is the Chairman of Ustwo; digital product and games studio. Ms Keers was a non-executive director of Home Retail Group Limited from September 2011 to September 2016.

Lauren Wholley