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Pascal Houillon

President and CEO, Sage North America

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Pascal has more than 20 years of experience providing business software, has founded a small business, and has spent nearly a decade leading the technology sector.

He started his career as a systems analyst for UAP insurance in France. In the late eighties, he started his own small business, cofounding Sinequanon, a company that provided business management solutions.

In 1989, he joined Sage when the company he worked for, Sybel, was acquired. Pascal became CEO of Sage France in 1997 and six years later headed additional offices—Belgium, Brazil, Switzerland, and Morocco. Because of his success, in 2010 Pascal became CEO of Sage North America and heads our Brazil office as well.

Pascal lives in Orange County, speaks French, and rocks out to Queen occasionally.

Pascal Houillon

 

Himanshu Palsule

Himanshu Palsule

Chief Technology Officer and Head of Strategy, Sage North America

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Himanshu has a strong background in business software, research and development, and technology.

In 1985, he started his career in IT. Since then, he’s worked for companies that specialize in business software and has been leading research and development efforts that grew sales at those companies.

Himanshu joined Sage in 1997 as a senior vice president. In 2012, he became the CTO and head of strategy.

Married to his college sweetheart, he has three kids and is interested in quantum physics in his spare time. Really.


 

Gabie Boko

Gabrielle "Gabie" Boko

Executive Vice President Marketing, Sage North America

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Born and raised in Alaska, Gabie has innovation in her blood, and has built her career in marketing, sales, and channel development with leading technology innovators. Some highlights of her 18-year career include constructing the custom catalogue function for Insight Enterprises early in her career, then developing the field marketing function for Cognos Corporation, rebranding Outlooksoft prior to its sale to SAP, and building the customer value management organization at SAP. She has developed and managed high-performance teams across enterprise solutions including business intelligence, content management, business performance, and business process management.

Like nearly all Sage leaders, she started a small business where she was a consultant, helping growth companies preparing for acquisition or public offering. Gabie brings that passion for growth companies to her role at Sage North America.

True to her Alaskan upbringing, Gabie loves the outdoors, has a photo blog (www.visualbreadcrumb.com), and truly loves having an impact in both her personal and professional life. She also likes the Red Sox.


Lisa Codispoti

Chief People Officer, Sage North America

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Lisa is responsible for human resources (HR) at Sage North America and has been for the past six years.

For more than two decades, Lisa has been leading HR at a variety of companies, from GE to KeyCorp. She has four years of experience running her own small business where she provided change management consulting services.

Lisa now resides in Canton, Ohio—making frequent trips to Irvine. She likes Italian food and has been known to get the Led (Zeppelin) out.

Lisa Codispoti

 

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Marc Scheipe

Chief Financial Officer, Sage North America

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Marc has an extensive background in finance with more than 20 years in financial services. He's also a former small business owner. And he volunteers for a number of charitable causes, including Susan G. Komen.

In 1990, he started his career in the U.S. Navy as an FA-18 strike/fighter pilot. While in the Navy, he attained the rank of lieutenant commander and held various roles in operations, training, and maintenance. He is a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and earned his MBA from Harvard Business School. In addition, Marc is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt and a TOPGUN graduate.

Marc in his spare time gives advice about funding for small businesses. Read now


 

JuanMi Rodriguez

Juan Miguel Rodriguez

Chief Information Officer, Sage North America

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JuanMi has a need for speed, and a passion for innovation. As an avid car enthusiast (BMW is his favorite), JuanMi loves innovative design and is a fan of Formula One racing, a group of racing teams that thrives on having the best drivers, engineers, designers, and technology to gain a competitive edge. Much the same occurs in JuanMi’s role as Chief Information Officer, as he is constantly searching for the most innovative tools and technologies that will give Sage a competitive advantage in serving our small and medium sized business customers. With 20 years of experience in the software industry, in the U.S. at Ross Systems and CDC Software Corporation, and internationally with Hewlett-Packard in Spain, where JuanMi is from, he truly understands the internal technology infrastructure needs of a software company like Sage.


 

Brad Smith

Executive Vice President, Customer Experience, Sage North America

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Brad is the executive vice president of customer experience, responsible for developing all aspects of the Sage customer experience from product design to the invoice experience and all points in between.

He brings more than 18 years of leadership in web consumer, enterprise software, and communication service provider industries. Prior to joining Sage, Brad was the vice president of customer experience with Yahoo! where he developed a voice of the customer program designed to drive a “customer first” culture. He was also global vice president of Yahoo’s knowledge management and online support group chartered to continuously improve the online help experience.

Brad is on the board of the Consortium for Service Innovation and loves to talk about customer experience.

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Joe Langner

Executive Vice President and General Manager, Mid-Market Solutions, Sage North America

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Joe loves the outdoors. Any sport, any time of year, in any weather, Joe has probably done it.

His favorite outdoor activities are stand up paddle boarding, snowboarding, and riding road bikes through the hills of California where he lives. His love of outdoor sports centers on the challenge and embracing the change that comes with the varying activities and environmental conditions; each experience is different.

With more than 25 years’ experience in the software industry, Joe exercises his passion for agility to lead the Sage Mid-Market Solutions business, where business and technology needs are always shifting. Joe believes that you can learn a lot through observing others who have managed change well and also thinks it’s important to take calculated risks for the benefit of the customer.


 

Connie Certusi

Connie Certusi

Executive Vice President and General Manager, Small Business Solutions, Sage North America

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Connie leads the start-up and small business solutions business, encompassing Sage One, Sage Accountants Network and Sage 50 Accounting. She is also responsible for the Sage Employer Solutions products.

With over 20 years of experience in the technology market serving small businesses, she has a passion for helping entrepreneurs and small business owners succeed.

She lives in Atlanta and is known for liking fast cars and Aerosmith.


 

Nancy Harris

Nancy Harris

Senior Vice President and General Manager, Canada, Sage North America

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As general manager for the Canadian market, Nancy is responsible for building the Sage brand and growing market share in Canada. Her responsibilities include driving the strategy and day-to-day operations for the small business portfolio, including Sage 50—Canadian Edition and Sage One—Canadian Edition.

For more than 20 years, Nancy has been leading product marketing and strategy. She’s also worked for technology companies that specialize in software as a service for nearly 15 years.

Nancy now lives in Richmond with her family. She’s been known to wear a hockey jersey.


 

Johnny Laurent

Vice President and General Manager, Sage Employment Solutions, Sage North America

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Johnny’s passion for serving people has been evident throughout his career from quick service restaurants to managing world-wide customer support organizations. As one would expect, his primary focus is on the customer experience.

Johnny has loved cooking since he was a child. Whether for friends or family, groups large or small, Johnny loves to see people enjoy his culinary creations.

Cooking lets Johnny express his creativity while bringing people together. A successfully prepared dish has the same ingredients as successful small and medium businesses—environment and satisfaction with the product or service. Having owned a small customer support consulting business, Johnny believes strongly in this recipe and can speak personally to its success. He has had more than 20 years’ experience in the software and hardware industry and uses his experiences and passion for customers to drive the strategy behind Sage Employer Solutions.

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Jon Witty

Vice President and General Manager, Sage Construction and Real Estate, Sage North America

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Jon loves a competition. For most of his life, Jon’s been competing in sports: swimming, wrestling, snow ski racing, and most recently, bodybuilding. Jon relates his dedication to bodybuilding to business: success is not something that happens overnight, but is the result of persistent, consistent efforts over a long period of time. Jon’s helping construction professionals achieve their vision each day as General Manager of Sage Construction and Real Estate Solutions. Jon is a former Microsoft executive, working in the technology and ERP markets including the construction vertical. He’s also had experience working in construction; for several years he was involved in home building and commercial structures, so he understands the industry, what tools construction professionals need to succeed, and what their challenges are. It’s no surprise that Jon enjoys remodeling, and in the past he has purchased homes that need "help." Jon enjoys sharing his thoughts on the Sage Construction and Real Estate blog, http://blog.sagecre.com/author/jon-witty.

Jon Witty

Jennifer Warawa

Jennifer Warawa

Vice President and General Manager Sage Accountant Solutions, Sage North America

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Jennifer has a passion for entrepreneurs and small business that stems from her time as a small business owner for over a decade in her hometown of Kelowna, British Columbia.

In her role at Sage, Jennifer is leading efforts to provide accountants with the technology and education they need to transform their firms and better serve their clients. Jennifer gets inspiration from reading, a passion since childhood, and she finds it helps her stay fresh and keeps her thinking about new ways to innovate the way she works, manages her teams, and serves the accountant community.

You can read Jennifer’s insights for yourself on her personal blog, http://jenniferwarawa.com and in her blog posts for Virgin, http://www.virgin.com/author/jennifer-warawa.

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