Our Leaders

Ivan Epstein

Ivan Epstein, Chief Executive Officer, Sage AAMEA

Ivan's current role is that of CEO of Sage AAMEA which includes Sage in Africa, Australia, Middle East and Asia. He is one of three operational CEOs in the Sage Group.

Ivan co-founded Softline (now operating as Sage) in 1988 with Alan Osrin (Managing Director of Sage Software Australia and Sage HandiSoft) and Steven Cohen (Managing Director Sage Pastel). Ivan is responsible for Sage’s strategic direction, on-going growth and vision in the AAMEA region.

Amongst his various esteemed accomplishments, Ivan has a Degree in Accounting. He was recognised for his entrepreneurial attributes in September 1999 when he received Ernst & Young’s “South Africa’s Best Entrepreneur Award” in recognition of Softline’s significant growth and success. More recently Ivan was also awarded the CCSA “IT Personality of the Year” accolade in 2009 for his contribution to the IT sector.

Rob Wilkie

Rob Wilkie, Chief Financial Officer, Sage AAMEA

Rob joined Sage in May 1997 appointed to the position of Chief Financial Officer in April 2000.

Rob brings to the Sage Group his skills and experience in financial management, merger and acquisitions, and business development.

Rob holds a Bachelor of Commerce (1992) and Bachelor of Accounting (1994). He is also a member of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (1995). In 2004 he completed his MBA in Finance (Manchester Business School – UK).

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Fanie Jansen, Chief Information Officer, Sage AAMEA

Fanie has years of experience in IT Governance and has gained a valuable understanding of technology’s role in modern business.

Fanie studied Electronic Engineering and also holds an MBA from The Unisa Graduate School of Business Leadership (SBL).

After joining the Sage group in April 2008 Fanie was appointed to the position of Chief Information Officer in January 2011.

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Hazel Otte, Head of Brand, Sage AAMEA

Hazel joined Sage Group in 2008 as Group Marketing Officer. She brings with her diverse marketing and branding skills gained from a range of industry applications. She has extensive experience in branding, advertising, retail as well as franchising.

Hazel holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Communication (1996) from RAU, Post Graduate Diploma in Branding (1997) AAA School of Advertising  and completed a Diploma in Management Advancement (2005) from Wits Graduate School of Business.

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Lisa Kantor, Group Human Resources Manager

Lisa originally joined Sage in January 2000 as HR Manager. During this time Lisa has fulfilled a group HR role as well as providing operational HR support to the Sage divisions.

Lisa graduated from Wits University with a BA majoring in Industrial Psychology and Sociology, and subsequently completed a PDM in Human Resources at Wits Graduate School of Business.

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Jeremy Waterman, MD, Sage ERP Africa

After leaving the civil engineering industry Jeremy Waterman joined the fledgling personal computing industry in the early days of the Apple and IPM PC's.

He started a company that marketed and distributed computer hardware and software in Africa including Computer Associates micro products.

Since 1989 the company has focussed on Accpac and its affiliated products and has built Accpac into the market leader for business application software for the mid-market in Africa.

Since the acquisition by Sage Group plc., Jeremy has managed the Sage mid-market division in Africa – focussing on Sage Accpac, Sage X3 as well as the Sage CRM products.

Jeremy has a B.Sc. and MBA degree from the University of Witwatersrand.

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Steven Cohen, MD, Sage Pastel Accounting

Steven is a co-founder of Softline and the Managing Director of Sage Pastel. In his role as Managing Director, Steven is responsible for the strategic direction and on-going growth of Sage Pastel as it continues to strengthen its position in South Africa and expand internationally.

Steven’s extensive experience, combined with his in-depth knowledge and understanding of providing mission critical financial systems to the SME business community has been central to guiding Pastel’s strategy. Steven has a ‘hands-on’ pragmatic and operational approach to managing the business and regularly spends time in each of the business’ critical areas – research & development, sales, and operations.

Steven holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Accounting from WITS University and is a member of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA).

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Anton van Heerden, MD, Sage VIP and Sage Pastel Payroll & HR

Anton has extensive industry experience and an in-depth understanding of the dynamics of the payroll and HR software industry.

Anton qualified as a CA in 1994 after which he worked at Deloitte’s in Toronto. In July of 1995 he was appointed Financial Manager of VIP Payroll; in 1998 he became Managing Director of Softline VIP Payroll.

More recently Anton has taken over the role of Managing Director for Sage Pastel Payroll in addition to his role as MD of Sage VIP. As the head of the Sage Payroll Centre of Intelligence he is tasked to provide strategic vision and focus to Payroll and HR businesses within South Africa and Africa.

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Charles Pittaway, MD, Sage Pay

Charles is the founding partner of Sage Pay which was established in 2002.

In his role as Managing Director, Charles is responsible for the strategic direction and growth of Sage Pay within the Sage Group. His key focus is directing his team in the development and management of the various transactional services offered by Sage Pay.

In addition, Charles will assist the divisions of Sage with integration of the Sage Pay services into the stable of existing Sage products. He brings extensive experience and in-depth knowledge in the fields of internet based business solutions and transactional services.

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Charles Teversham, MD, Sage Alchemex

Charles is a Business Analyst with more than 20 years’ experience in providing information solutions to both SMEs and tier one companies.

Charles co-founded Alchemex in 2001, with Darryl Smith and Gary Boddington, with a vision to provide simple business intelligence to the SMEs of the world. His experience lies in delivering integrated business intelligence solutions to end users by unleashing the power of Excel, the universal language of business and accountants, as a reporting tool.

Sage Alchemex has been working with Sage companies worldwide since 2005 and was acquired by Sage in October 2011 to further leverage the install base opportunities presented by the Sage group.

Charles holds a bachelor degree in Computer Science and Economics.