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Sage boss Walker weighs up options

SAGE chief executive Paul Walker says he is weighing up a number of options as he prepares to leave the IT company he has led for 16 years.

Walker, who first joined the FTSE 100 firm with a market value of £3.3bn in 1984, told City A.M.: “I will look at a chief executive’s or a chairman’s job at major business, though I may consider advisory roles.

He added: “A number of things have come across my desk.”

Walker, 52, said he plans to leave the business in six to 12 months once his board, led by chairman Anthony Hobson, has found a replacement.

Internal contenders to succeed him include Paul Harrison, the finance director, and Paul Stobart, who runs the group’s UK and Ireland business.