Sage Reorganization Continues With Departure of Four CRM Executives

The Sage reorganization continues on today with the departure of four more Sage executives. Gone are CRM Solutions Division Vice President Jeff Gregorec, Senior Director Seth Ellertson, and Directors Jeffrey Woods and Robert Fierros.

The departures were announced this evening in an email notice distributed by CEO Pascal Houillon to Sage partners.

These changes add to about 16 executive level departures in  the last 18 months. Given the steady rate of turnover  it’s safe to say that Sage is undergoing one of the biggest changes since  October 2007 when CEO Ron Verni and  several key management team members were ousted after Sage UK determined “there was a need for a change of style in the management in North America.”

Whether these personnel changes have been voluntary or involuntary – it’s easy to see more changes to come. Several key positions including President of Sage Business Solutions, vacated when Jodi Uecker-Rust left in October 2010, continue to be vacant. Sage North America’s almost entire portfolio is set to be rebranded starting in early 2012.

A complete list of the most recent executive level departures and a copy of today’s notice follow.

Key Sage Departures 2010-2011

Sue Swenson (Retired)  – announced December 2010
Jodi Uecker-Rust – October 2010 (Vacant)
Laurie Schultz – July 2011 (Vacant)
Paul Johnson – December 2010 (Vacant)
Joe Bergera – March 2011
Pascal Van Dooren – September 2011 (Vacant)
Motasim Najeeb – May 2011
Scott Zandbergen  – May 2011
Alan Bryant (Sabatical)
Sally Craig (?Retire)
Rob Johnson – August 2011
David VanToor September 2009
Doug Meyer – January 2011
Jamie Sutherland – April 2011
Julia Stegman – September 2011
Jeff Gregoric – October 2011

As recently as today the CRM division was sending year end  notices

5 Replies to “Sage Reorganization Continues With Departure of Four CRM Executives”

  1. There will be a massive change in all “traditional” accounting / ERP software publishers over the next five years as we shift from on-premise to cloud. We saw similar changes in the hardware industry in the late 80’s / early 90’s, as the world moved to standardized hardware and operating systems (IBM and Unisys nearly went bust in the early 90’s). In 1988 Unisys (my former employer) employed 120,000 people. By 1995 it employed 35,000 people. What is more – I would estimate 25% of those 35,000 were New Hires, as the company transitioned to another business model. What was premium accounting / erp software five years ago is commodity now. The added value will come from leveraging the opportunity that the cloud presents to existing on-premise customers. This is a huge opportunity for Sage. A strong Sage brand will be critical to make this happen.

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