Stephen Kelly

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Sage ‏


With over 30 years’ leadership experience in high growth businesses (ranging from start-ups to multi-nationals), Stephen has been CEO of three public companies in California and Europe.
Stephen was appointed Chief Executive of Sage in November 2014. Sage is the market leader of integrated accounting, people & payroll and payments & banking systems to Business Builders, championing the cause of the world’s entrepreneurs.
In 2015, Stephen was appointed as a Business Ambassador to the British Prime Minister, a position he accepted to help increase support for ambitious Small & Medium Businesses.
Prior to becoming the Chief Executive at Sage, Stephen served as the Chief Operating Officer to the UK Government, responsible for improving the way in which it operated, leading the Efficiency and Reform agenda including Digital, Commercial, IT and SME strategies across UK Government.
Previously Stephen was the Chief Executive Officer of two fast growing, public software companies – NASDAQ-listed Chordiant Software, Inc. and Micro Focus International plc., which is listed on the London Stock Exchange. During his time at Micro Focus, the company achieved a 7-fold increase in market value.
Stephen’s early career was spent at Oracle, with responsibility for various divisions, including European Alliances and as a key contributor to the global alliances strategy which established Oracle’s partner and channel management.

Stephen is passionate about supporting entrepreneurs and promoting their role in driving economic growth, job creation and wider prosperity.

Stephen has been an angel investor and a director in a number of high growth start-ups including Artesian Solutions, Cloudapps, Fairsail, Kimble and Opsview.

In June 2016, Stephen was awarded an honorary doctorate from Bath University in Business Administration.