There is nothing here to reflect on Blair Crump, who is leaving his job as president of Sage in March and who had a great reputation with VARs. But looking at the corporate structure, Sage has far more people on its leadership team than other software companies.

Whether Crump, the first-ever president, will be replaced, Sage isn’t saying. But as an outsider, I find the need for a president is unclear. In many companies, the CEO is the president.  Looking at the number of people on the executive committee, having one less person would not be a big deal. I do remember commenting under the prior CEO, Steve Kelly, Sage created an awful lot of global EVPs and he created the president’s job in 2016. It has seemed awfully crowded at the top. Besides the president, the executive committee’s membership includes the CEO, CFO, CMO, corporate development officer, general counsel, chief people officer, chief customer success officer, chief technology officer, EVP of native cloud solutions, chief product officer, chairman of mid-market solutions,)chief architect and technology advisor. That’s 11 people in addition to the CEO and president, along with an executive committee advisor. There are managing directors for Asia Pacific & Australia, Africa & Middle East,  Latin America, Southern Europe, UK & Ireland, North America, Iberia,  Canada, Central Europe. Add on the EVP of customer success  and services and EVP of communications and the, Sage web site shows 25 people on its leadership team. Let's do a compariaon: Infor with $3.2 billion in revenue last fiscal year shows nine individuals its leadership team; SAP with an eight member team had. Oracle with $39 billion lists 5; SAP which just reported about $30. billion, eight.  Sage reported fiscal 2019 revenue of roughly $2.5 billion. 

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