Sage, Newcastle software giant, hires new chair

Andy Duff

Newcastle-based business software giant Sage Group said on Thursday it hired Andy Duff to succeed Donald Brydon as chair of its board when Brydon retires at the end of September.

“Andy will join as a non-executive director on 1 May 2021,” said Sage.

“Upon becoming chair, Andy will also become chair of the nomination committee.

Andy has a wealth of experience as a non-executive and chair, with a strong track record of transforming high-profile international businesses.

“He is currently non-executive chair of Elementis plc and served as chair of Severn Trent plc from 2010 until 2020.

“He was previously a non-executive director of Wolseley plc.  

“From 2003 until 2009, Andy served as chief executive officer of npower, leading its transformation following its demerger from National Power in 2000.”

Drummond Hall, Sage’s senior independent director, who led the succession process, said: “I am delighted that Andy will be joining the Sage board.  

“Andy is a highly accomplished business leader and a proven non-executive and chair.

“His strategic insights, international experience and strong focus on purpose, culture and customer centricity equip him well to support Sage’s continued success.  

“I also want to take this opportunity to thank Sir Donald on behalf of the board for his exemplary leadership and wish him all the very best for the future when he steps down in September this year.

“We have benefitted enormously from his judgement, intellect and unstinting dedication as Sage has progressed its SaaS transition.”

Duff said: “I am really pleased to be appointed a director and chair designate of Sage. 

“Sage is a global technology leader, playing a critical role serving and championing small and medium businesses around the world.

“I look forward to working with the Board, Steve Hare and the rest of the executive team, and all our stakeholders on the opportunities ahead.”

Brydon said: “Sage is a great company and I have been incredibly proud to serve as chairman for nine years.

“I am confident that the strong progress made and the dedication to small and medium businesses will ensure Sage continues to fulfil its purpose to help its customers thrive.

“I wish Andy every success as he leads Sage into its next important phase.”