Sage announces two senior hires

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Former TSYS executive Paul Bridgewater has been named the new CEO of Sage Payment Solutions and Jim Emerick as executive vice president of customer service for Sage North America.

Bridgewater, a veteran of the payments industry, held senior positions in NatWest’s international merchant services business, CitiBank and Digital River’s Global Payment Services before joining  TSYS, where his most recent title was group executive and general manager of global product and innovation.

“The payments industry is evolving so quickly as technology companies introduce new products and services and partner with financial services providers to make it more convenient and secure for consumers and companies to do business,” he said, commenting on his new appointment.

“The Sage Payment Solutions platform provides businesses with a critical piece to meeting the broader business goal of providing the best customer experience possible. I look forward to ensuring Sage and our customers remain ahead of the technology curve today and tomorrow.”

Both Bridgewater and Emerick will report directly to Sage’s President and CEO, Pascal Houillon

“We now operate in 24 countries and work with more than 6 million small and medium-sized business worldwide, and Jim’s and Paul’s experiences across Europe and the Americas will be invaluable to us as we continue to grow our international footprint,” said Pascal Houillon, president and CEO of Sage North America.

“Our vision is to be recognized as the most valuable supporter of small and medium-sized businesses by creating greater freedom for them to succeed, and the high level of expertise Paul and Jim provide to our executive leadership team is critical to realizing our vision.”

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