Sage North America Appoints New Leader for its Employer Solutions Business: Johnny Laurent

St. Petersburg , FL – Sep 15, 2009 – Sage North America today announced the appointment of Clifton J. (“Johnny”) Laurent, Jr. as vice president and general manager for its Sage Employer Solutions business unit. Laurent will report to Himanshu Palsule, executive vice president and general manager for Sage Business Solutions, and will have direct responsibility for R&D, product management, product marketing and customer support, plus full P&L responsibilities, for Sage Employer Solutions. Sage Employer Solutions are part of a broad portfolio of business management software and services, including accounting, enterprise resource planning (ERP), customer relationship management (CRM), human resource (HR) management, and payroll that Sage North America delivers to more than 2.9 million small and mid-sized businesses in the U.S. and Canada. Sage Abra HRMS is the keystone Employer Solutions product.

Laurent has more than 20 years of experience in the software and hardware industry. Since joining Sage in 2005, he has been responsible for customer support, learning services, and professional services, most recently serving as vice president of customer support and services for Employer Solutions. Prior to joining Sage, he owned and operated an independent customer support consultancy and served in various management and consulting roles for such organizations as Service Management International, Software AG and USRobotics.

Laurent holds a bachelor of science in computer science from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, La. He will continue to work out of Sage’s Petersburg, Fla., office, where the Employer Solutions business is headquartered.

About Sage North America
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