The high-level shakeups at Sage North America continue to mount as the company confirmed executive vice president of sales Paul Johnson is leaving, effective immediately.


Sage’s vice president of sales Tom Miller confirmed the news in a letter to sales channel partners over the weekend.


Johnson’s exit comes just weeks after chief executive Sue Swenson announced she was retiring in “mid-2011,” and only two months after Sage Business Solutions president Jodi Uecker-Rust departed.


Miller will become the acting EVP of sales until a permanent replacement is found and will report to incoming SBS president Pascal Houillon, who will ultimately serve as CEO of Sage North America once Swenson departs. Houillon leaves his post as CEO of Sage France as of Jan. 1, 2011.


In Miller’s letter to partners, he thanked Johnson for his “many contributions during challenging economic times” as well as his efforts to help grow the sales channel.


Johnson “created the channel management team, bringing channel programs and enablement, channel marketing, distribution optimization, partner communications, and strategic alliances into a single group. This structure has helped us accelerate innovation in providing services to partners and position us as an industry leader,” said Miller.


It was not clear at press time what Johnson’s next move was, though some sources pointed to Intuit, which did not confirm he was hired.


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