Stephen Kelly (businessman)

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Stephen Kelly
Born (1961-12-30) 30 December 1961 (age 57)
Kent, United Kingdom
OccupationBritish businessman
Spouse(s)Siobhan Kelly
Children3[1]

Stephen Kelly (born 30 December 1963) is a British businessman, and the former chief executive officer of Sage Group.[2][3][4]

Early life[edit]

He was born in Kent, England and attended the Harvey Grammar School in Folkestone.[5] Kelly received a BSc in Business Administration from the University of Bath.[6]

Career[edit]

Stephen has 35 years’ unique leadership experience in both the private and public sector. He has held CEO positions with three successful UK & USA public tech companies, as well as spending three years as COO of the UK Government.

He started his career as an accountant, working for the now-defunct British tech firm, ICL, for four years.[4][7] In 1988, he joined American multinational computer technology corporation, Oracle as an executive of the European management team.[6] After 9 years at Oracle, he joined Californian enterprise software start-up, Chordiant. In 2001 he became Chief Executive Officer, replacing Sam Spadafora.[4][8]

He returned to the UK in 2006 to become Chief Executive Officer of FTSE software firm Micro Focus International.[5] In 2009, he announced he would step down as chief executive of Micro Focus, citing personal reasons.[9]

In 2011 he joined the UK Government, and was made Chief Operating Officer and head of the Efficiency and Reform Group in 2012 under cabinet office minister, Francis Maude.[10]

He left his role with the Government in November 2014 to join FTSE 100 multinational enterprise software company, Sage Group, where he was Sage’s first externally appointed CEO.[11][12] During his time as CEO, Sage has acquired North American cloud-based financial software company Intacct in 2017 for $850m, and Fairsail, a British provider of cloud-based human resources software.[13][14]

In 2015, Stephen Kelly was appointed as one of six new business ambassadors to help boost the UK’s performance in international trade.[15]

On 31 August 2018, Sage Group announced that the Board and Stephen Kelly, Chief Executive Officer, have come to an agreement and Stephen has stepped down as a director and CEO.[16]

Personal life[edit]

He is married with three daughters.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Armitstead, Louise (18 July 2011). "Stephen Kelly - the man at the coal face of the Big Society". Daily Telegraph. London: Telegraph Media Group. Retrieved 27 February 2018.
  2. ^ "The Sage Group plc (the Group) announces today that the Board and Stephen Kelly, Chief Executive Officer, have come to an agreement and Stephen has stepped down as a director and CEO". Sage Group. Retrieved 31 August 2018.
  3. ^ "Stephen P. Kelly: Executive Profile & Biography". Bloomberg. Retrieved 6 March 2018.
  4. ^ a b c Bentley, Guy (6 August 2014). "Stephen Kelly announced as Sage CEO". City A.M. London. Retrieved 7 February 2018.
  5. ^ a b Duke, Simon (12 July 2015). "Dotcom survivor embarks on a great north run with Sage". The Times. London: News UK. Retrieved 2 February 2018.
  6. ^ a b Cave, Andrew (27 August 2016). "I want Sage to be about everything to do with moving money". Daily Telegraph. London: Telegraph Media Group. Retrieved 15 February 2018.
  7. ^ Fildes, Nick (23 May 2015). "Manifesto: The Jet's gone, but technology's high flyer is planning its latest attack from the cloud". The Times. London: News UK. Retrieved 19 January 2018.
  8. ^ "Chordiant Software Inc appoints Stephen Kelly as new President and Chief Operating Officer" (Press release). 27 November 2000. Retrieved 27 January 2018 – via Response Source.
  9. ^ Stafford, Paul (9 September 2005). "Surprise at Micro Focus chief's exit". Financial Times. London: Nikkei. Retrieved 17 February 2018.
  10. ^ Syal, Ranjeev (6 August 2014). "Government chief operating officer Stephen Kelly resigns". The Guardian. London: Guardian Media Group. Retrieved 14 February 2018.
  11. ^ Owen, Vicki (8 October 2016). "Axe business rates as they suffocate firms says Sage boss – and replace them with sales tax". The Mail on Sunday. London: DMG Media. Retrieved 4 February 2018 – via This is Money.
  12. ^ Fildes, Nick (7 August 2014). "Sage raids civil service for chief executive". The Times. London: News UK. Retrieved 1 March 2018.
  13. ^ "Sage Group buys Intacct accounting software for $850M". TechCrunch. Oath. 25 July 2017. Retrieved 6 March 2018.
  14. ^ "Time to embrace the cloud on the horizon". The Times. London: News UK. 25 January 2018. Retrieved 2 February 2018.
  15. ^ "Prime Minister names new Business Ambassadors to support international trade and investment". Gov.co.uk (Press release). 20 November 2015. Retrieved 20 February 2018.
  16. ^ "The Sage Group plc (the Group) announces today that the Board and Stephen Kelly, Chief Executive Officer, have come to an agreement and Stephen has stepped down as a director and CEO". Sage Group. Retrieved 31 August 2018.