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Donald Deshaies Joins Sage as Vice President of Channel Management

IRVINE, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 02/12/14 -- Sage North America today announced the appointment of Donald Deshaies as vice president of channel management. Sage is a leading global provider of accounting, ERP and other business management applications and services for small and medium-sized businesses, with more than 3 million customers in the U.S. and Canada.

With over 20 years of experience in the technology space comprising ERP and CRM as well as cloud and on-premises software and services, Donald's knowledge and expertise will lead the Sage channel organization and support the Sage brand experience for partners and customers. He will be responsible for continuing the organization's growth strategy to strengthen the Sage channel, working with partners to create lasting innovation through its product portfolio and programs.

"Sage has a rich heritage in working closely with partners as well as a focus on customer experience, and I'm very excited to be a part of that," commented Donald Deshaies, the new vice president of channel management for Sage. "I'm looking forward to collaborating with the Sage ecosystem to evolve the Sage business and, particularly, to work in ERP and CRM -- areas about which I am very passionate, especially with the transformation to services and the accessibility that mobile solutions offer."

"Donald will be a tremendous asset to our team," said Joe Langner, executive vice president and general manager, mid-market solutions for Sage. "Donald's breadth of experience in senior management roles at companies that range from start-ups to early stage companies to multinationals demonstrates his deep understanding of businesses and the challenges they face. I am confident about the potential that Donald brings to our team and the new opportunities that he'll soon introduce to Sage partners."

Prior to Sage, Donald managed businesses and teams with a focus on international alliances, channel strategy, channel management, operations, as well as program and project management. His breadth of experience in management ranges across work with tech start-ups, early stage companies and multinationals including Microsoft, Great Plains Software and Solomon Software. Donald's previous roles include global director of partner strategy, general manager and vice president of channel management. He also brings great depth of experience working with customers in professional services, distribution, manufacturing, public sector and retail.

About The Sage Group plc

We provide small and medium-sized organizations with a range of easy-to-use, secure, and efficient business management software and services -- from accounting and payroll to enterprise resource planning, customer relationship management, and payments. Our customers receive continuous advice and support through our global network of local experts to help them solve their business problems, giving them the confidence to achieve their business ambitions. Formed in 1981, Sage was floated on the London Stock Exchange in 1989 and entered the FTSE 100 in 1999. Sage has over 6 million customers and more than 12,700 employees in 24 countries covering the UK & Ireland, mainland Europe, North America, South Africa, Australia, Asia, and Brazil. For further information please visit: www.sage.com

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