In 2015, Sage embarked on a major global transformation to move from a federated organisation across the globe with their own management teams and profit and losses to a joined up single global business.

This required a very different set of skills from the senior management team, which has resulted in a significant number of new hires into the global structure.

The newly appointed chief information officer designed his new leadership structure and identified the need for a vice president of strategy and architecture. Additionally, Sage called on Green Park for its diversity credentials to help broaden out the diversity of the CIO’s direct reports. It became evident during the discussion that there was additionally a need for an interim to fill the role while the search was being completed.

The requirement was for an experienced individual who had worked in an international environment that had gone through global restructures, had strong influencing skills to be able to sell and connect the regional teams and implement the new global strategy.

Green Park identified a person who had previously worked for consultancies helping businesses go through very similar issues and had also worked in similar complex organisations.

The search used Green Park’s diverse networks and detailed mapping to ensure a broad longlist. There is a significant shortage of women in this field. This identified a shortlist of nine – which included two women and two BAME candidates – of which five and the interim were taken to interview stage. The successful candidate was a woman, who was appointed as she had the best skills to do the role. She also enabled Sage to broaden out the diversity of the team.