Nikki Summers takes over from Bill Owino as Sage East Africa boss

About one year after joining ERP vendor Sage as the regional lead for East Africa, Bill Owino has left the firm and moved to TransUnion Kenya – a credit reference firm formerly called CRB Africa – as the CEO in charge of the firm’s operations in the country.

After leaving Sage in March this year, Owino was replaced in his previous role by Sage insider and veteran Nikki Summers. Prior to her new posting, Summers was the East and West Africa Director for the ERP vendor’s SageONE division.

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Summers joined Sage in January 2008 when it still went by the name of Sage Pastel International as a Marketing Executive. One year later, she was the firm’s Regional Director for East Africa, a position which was saw her being in charge of “establishing a local office to manage the East Africa Region from a Support, Sales and Marketing point of view” and  “primarily driving business development and customer retention around the Sage Pastel mid tier ERP application – Pastel Evolution.”

Both Sage and Sage Pastel are members of the Softline Group, which is owned by the UK-based Sage Group. The African subsidiary is headquarted in South Africa while the Sage Group’s head offices are in the UK. According to online records, Sage South Africa, formerly known as Softline and part of the Sage Group, provides business software, services and support to small and medium-sized (SMEs). Softline itself was founded by Ivan Epstein and Alan Osrin in 1988 before being acquired in 2003 by the Sage Group.

Currently leading the marketing efforts at Sage East Africa is Zellipah Kaniaru, formerly a Marketing Executive at Internet Solutions Kenya (IS), who joined the firm at the beginning of this year as the Marketing Manager.

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