SOURCE: Sage Software

August 09, 2005 09:00 ET

Sage Software Appoints New Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer: John Bartz

IRVINE, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- August 9, 2005 -- Sage Software today announced the appointment of John D. Bartz as executive vice president and chief information officer (CIO). Bartz will report to Sage Software President and CEO Ron Verni, and will be responsible for driving Sage Software's internal information technology strategy and resources throughout North America.

Bartz joins Sage Software after serving as an interim leader for the company's Information Systems (IS) organization. Before coming to Sage Software, he worked as an independent consultant in executive-level information technology (IT) leadership capacities for various clients. Bartz also previously held executive IS positions with Spherion Corporation (Alpharetta, Ga.), OneSource Management, Inc. (Atlanta); Siemens Energy and Automation, Inc. (Alpharetta, Ga.); and Westinghouse Electric Corp. (Pittsburgh).

"John brings a unique combination of technical skills, management expertise, and business savvy to Sage Software," said Verni. "During his interim assignment with Sage Software, we have had the opportunity to work closely with John and to observe his success in this role. He, in turn, has had the opportunity to become acquainted with our business and our IS organization. This experience has given him a great head start in his new position, and I look forward to continuing to work with John on our many important systems initiatives."

Bartz holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Business Administration and Engineering from the University of Florida in Gainesville, Fla. He will work out of Sage Software's Duluth, Ga. Office.

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