Nina Smith, who headed Sage North America's largest division for the last year, has left the company as major changes continue to roll through the organization following the hiring of new CEO Sue Swenson in March.

At the same time, Sage named Motasim Najeeb to the position of chief technology officer, a position the company had said it would not fill following the October 2007 ouster of Jim Foster, the only person to hold that job.

Smith spent seven years at Sage and was chief marketing officer until the company was reorganized early in 2007 and she was named president of the newly created Business Management Division, which handles all Sage accounting software, including Accpac, the MAS line and Peachtree. Smith's division reported flat revenue for Sage's year ended Sept. 30 and the major Sage 360 marketing campaign that began under her is being radically retooled.

Smith resigned to pursue other interests, according to an announcement e-mailed to resellers. The company said it is actively seeking a replacement. In response to an e-mailed question, Swenson limited her comments about changes, saying, "I'm looking for continuous improvement in lots of areas and adding the right talent to help us achieve our goals."

It is the latest in a series of moves that followed the ouster of CEO Ron Verni, CFO Jim Eckstaedt, SVP Taylor Macdonald and Foster at the same time. A long-time senior executive, Foster's job as CTO only existed from Spring 2007 until his departure.

Since Swenson started, the company has hired a new CFO and a new president of the payments division, laid off 250 workers at its troubled health care division in June and cut another 150 out of roughly 5,000 North American jobs last week. It sold off its payroll services to CompuPay in August and its tax compliance services to Empagio last month.

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