- Software company Sage Group said it had appointed chief operating officer Steve Hare permanently to the role of chief executive.

Hare had jointed the company in 2014 as chief financial officer and became chief operating officer in August when Stephen Kelly stood down as CEO.

'He has impressed the board with the momentum, focus and clarity he has brought to the organisation over the last few months as COO but also throughout his tenure as CFO,' chairman Donald Brydon said.

'As we looked externally for the experience, vision and deep knowledge required to accelerate operational execution it very quickly became clear through Steve's early decisions and his clear prioritisation that he is the right person to lead Sage.'

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