David has more than 40 years' experience in the technology industry. He is Chairman of SDL plc, a UK based provider of global content management and language translation services and software solutions. Until July 2012, David was a main Board Executive Director of the Sage Group plc, with responsibility for strategy and corporate development. Prior to joining Sage, David was a Managing Director at Credit Suisse and Head of the European Technology Equity research team. David is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the charity, Changing Faces and a Non-Executive Director of the English Language Learning Centres business, Rise Global. After graduating from The University of Sheffield, he began his business career as a computer programmer at HSBC in 1978.