SAGE JETTISONS NORTH AMERICAN EXECSLONDON - With performance lagging in the company's North American business, the Sage Group purged that region's C-level suite, ousting Sage Software chief executive Ron Verni, chief financial officer Jim Eckstaedt and chief technology officer Jim Foster, amid recent changes in the company's culture and divisional operations. Also gone in the housecleaning was Taylor Macdonald, Sage's chief channel and strategy officer.

"I came to a view with Ron that as the company now has a turnover in excess of around the billion-dollar mark, that perhaps there was a need for a change in style of management in North America," said Sage Group CEO Paul Walker in a conference call.

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