Focus Dinner with Paul Walker, Life after Sage

Members-only Focus Dinner

30 June 2015, 19:00 - 22:00

Jesmond Dene House, Jesmond Dene Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 2EY

Please note this dinner is now sold out – if you’d like to be added to the reserve list please contact the Forum team on 0191 500 7780.

It’s almost five years since Sage Group plc announced that Paul Walker had indicated his plan to step down as CEO.

Having joined as company accountant in 1984, Paul was at the helm of the FTSE 100 business during a period of sustained growth driven by the acquisition of companies in the USA, France, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Australia, South Africa, Poland, Malaysia and Singapore.

His 17 years of leadership earned him widespread respect and acclaim, and no one leaves the top position at the world's biggest supplier of business software to SMEs with 6.1 million customers worldwide and offices in 24 countries without being highly sought after.

A former chairman of the Entrepreneurs’ Forum, Paul went on to act as interim chairman of the then newly formed North East Local Enterprise Partnership.

He is currently non-executive chairman of Perform Group plc, a UK-based global business that commercialisesmultimedia sports content across internet-enabled digital platforms, Halmaplc, a market leader in specialist safety, health and environment technologies and is a non-executive director of Experian plc.

Paul also chairs the Newcastle Science City Partnership.

Last spring he became chairman of Silicon Valley-founded software company WANdisco, joining ex-colleague and former Sage CFO Paul Harrison, with plans to build the business into a global player in the technology sector.

Given his many commitments, this is a rare opportunity to sit down over dinner with Paul and a group of like-minded entrepreneurs to hear about how he is drawing on his vast experience to support growing businesses and how he chooses where to focus his time.

This members-only focus dinner is open to entrepreneurial members only and is charged at £75 + VAT. Please be aware that cancellations received within 72 hours of the event will be charged in full.

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