Leadership

Micro Focus is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE:MCRO) and New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: MFGP) and has annual revenues of approximately $3.3B. Our success is driven by an experienced team that upholds core values shared across the entire company.

  • Stephen Murdoch

    Chief Executive Officer

    Stephen is our Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Micro Focus board, positions he has held since 19 March 2018. Stephen joined Micro Focus in 2012, first serving as General Manager of the Product Group and Chief Marketing Officer, responsible for all software product and services offerings development, customer services, corporate marketing and strategy. In 2014, he was appointed as Chief Operating Officer and Executive Director, having responsibility for sales and marketing, product strategy, development and management, services and business operations.

    Prior to Micro Focus, Stephen spent seven years at Dell, first building Dell’s Global Infrastructure Consulting Services organisation, and then leading its business in Europe, Middle East and Africa. Before Dell, Stephen had 17 years’ experience at IBM, latterly serving as Vice President, Communications Sector with responsibility for the entire telco, media, and utilities industry portfolio. During his IBM career, Stephen held a number of Global, EMEA and UK senior management roles with experience spanning software and services, storage, and enterprise systems.

    Brian McArthur-Muscroft

    Chief Financial Officer

    Brian is our Chief Financial Officer and a member of the Micro Focus board, positions he has held since 21 February 2019.

    Prior to joining Micro Focus Brian held a variety of senior management positions, including the role of Chief Financial Officer at TeleCity Group plc and most recently as Chief Financial Officer of Paysafe Group plc.

    Also a restructuring specialist, Brian was the Interim CFO on the successful turnaround of MCI Worldcom EMEA.

    He is a non-executive director and the senior independent director at Robert Walters plc, where he has been chair of the audit committee since 2013.

    In addition, Brian serves as the Responsible Officer for Hockerill Anglo-European College, a leading international secondary school in Hertfordshire.

    Brian was named as Business Week’s Finance Director of the Year in both 2013 and 2017, and the CBI’s FTSE 250 Finance Director of the Year in 2012. Brian holds a Law degree and qualified as a chartered accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers in London.

    Susan Ferguson

    Chief Human Resources Officer & SVP Business Operations

    Susan is our Chief Human Resources Officer & SVP Business Operations. She is responsible for leading the HR organisation in addition to managing business operations across the organisation including driving strategic initiatives.

    Susan joined Micro Focus from Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) Software in 2017 where she held the position of Vice President, Worldwide Indirect Sales. Previously Susan held the role of Vice President, Strategy & Planning, Chief of Staff to the EVP of HPE Software and prior to that was Vice President Worldwide Alliances & Channels, Big Data. Susan was recognised among CRN’s Power 100 Women of the Channel during her tenure.

    Before joining HPE, Susan was Vice President at Oracle Corporation and earlier at Sun Microsystems, where she led regional and global services, indirect sales and functional organisations. At Sun, Susan previously led global legal teams with responsibility for sales, marketing, channel, supply chain and anti-trust matters.

    Susan graduated with a LL.B Honours degree and is a qualified attorney and mediator.

    Genefa Murphy, PhD

    Chief Marketing Officer

    Genefa Murphy is the Chief Marketing Officer for Micro Focus. Under Genefa’s leadership, the marketing and enablement teams drive global and regional programs across all Micro Focus product groups, support, and services. They ensure that customers, partners, and employees understand the value that the Micro Focus portfolio can bring to Digital Transformation.

    Her team is also responsible for developing positive momentum with analysts and media, contributing thought leadership within the enterprise technology domain, and helping solidify critical relationships with customers, partners, and prospects.

    Genefa has more than 10 years’ experience across various disciplines in the field of technology from consulting, to product management and strategy. Previously, Genefa was the Global Vice President of Corporate Marketing and Enablement. Genefa holds a BSc in Business IT and a PhD in New Technology Adoption.

    Nick Wilson

    Worldwide President of Sales

    Nick Wilson is the Worldwide President of Sales for Micro Focus. Nick leads our Sales, Services, Support and Customer Success teams worldwide and is responsible for delivering on our commitment to our customers’ success. Through his leadership the teams at Micro Focus are jointly focused on offering effective solutions that drive value, and delivering a positive, seamless, end-to-end customer experience.

    Nick has spent more than 30 years in the IT industry, having held several senior leadership roles, including Managing Director for UK and South Pacific for HP/HPE, President & CEO of EMEA Outsourcing (the UK & Nordics business for CSC), Managing Director at UNISYS UK, and General Manager of IBM’s Global Services business in the UK, Ireland and South Africa. Through this broad experience across sales, services, support, education and software development, Nick understands the complexities and challenges companies face in the ever-changing and evolving business where technology is critical.

    In addition to his corporate contributions, Nick is a passionate STEM ambassador and vocational education advocate, and has worked with various institutions to develop programs to support science, engineering and technology careers.

    Chris Livesey

    Senior Vice President, Revenue Growth & Strategy

    Chris Livesey is Senior Vice President of Revenue Growth & Strategy, responsible for how we strengthen and innovate our engagement with customers, to enable their success and maximum return on investment. Chris has over 25 years of experience in the software industry and has held a number of executive leadership positions in technology companies including sales, marketing, product development, and consulting. Chris is based out of Micro Focus' Newbury office and lives with his family near Edinburgh, Scotland.

    Paul Rodgers

    Chief Operating Officer

    Paul Rodgers is the Chief Operating Officer for Micro Focus. Prior to this role, Paul served as the Business Operations and Integration lead for Micro Focus, where he was responsible for overseeing the successful integrations resulting from the company's merger and acquisition activity. Paul joined Micro Focus in April 2008 as the Group HR Director, and prior to joining Micro Focus, Paul spent 17 years with IBM and four years as Managing Director of a successful Executive HR consultancy business with clients such as Dell, Unilever, Yahoo and Sainsbury's.

    Jane Smithard

    Group General Counsel, Company Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer

    Jane has more than 25 years’ experience as a lawyer in the IT industry and software sector. She has worked with Micro Focus for over 20 years providing a wide range of commercial and corporate legal services, from leading the efforts through the 2005 IPO to driving the legal aspects of the group’s mergers, acquisitions and divestitures strategy including the acquisition of HPE Software and divestiture of SUSE. Jane leads a team of approximately 60 lawyers and other professionals worldwide, the majority of whom are focused directly on supporting the Company’s commercial teams and business. Jane qualified as a Barrister and was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1982. She has a BA (Hons) in Law, a postgraduate diploma in European Law from King's College, London, and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

    Tom Goguen

    Chief Product Officer and General Manager, IT Operations Management Product Group

    Tom Goguen is currently the Chief Product Officer and General Manager of the IT Operations Management (ITOM) Product Group. Tom joined Micro Focus as part of the merger with the Software division of HPE. He joined HPE in 2016, and was responsible for developing and delivering the industry's broadest set of IT operations management solutions for traditional IT, private, public, and hybrid cloud environments, including data center automation, network operations management, IT service management automation, hybrid cloud management, and automated monitoring, analysis, and remediation for IT operations.

    Tom has more than 20 years of experience in product-line management and executive roles spanning engineering, product management, and marketing functions at Sun Microsystems, Apple, and BlackBerry. When he was CEO of Newbay Software, Tom led the turnaround and successful divestiture of the white-label cloud services provider for mobile operators. Tom is a co-inventor on nine patents. He holds a master's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Ottawa and a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of New Brunswick.

    Raffi Margaliot

    Senior Vice President and General Manager, Application Delivery Management Product Group

    Raffi Margaliot leads the Application Delivery Management business unit within Micro Focus. Raffi has over a decade of experience driving business strategy, product development, and delivering innovative technology solutions that solve customer problems. He has held a number of general manager roles within HPE, including leading both the Enterprise Mobility and IT Management-as-a-Service business units. Raffi joined HP in 2006 through the Mercury Interactive acquisition. At Mercury, he held a variety of R&D and product management roles and was a founding engineer for what is now the Application Lifecycle Management platform. Raffi holds both bachelor's and master's degrees in computer science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

    John Delk

    Senior Vice President and General Manager, Security and Information Management & Governance Product Groups

    John Delk is currently the Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Security and Information Management & Governance product groups at Micro Focus. Prior to this role, he served as Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Product Officer. John joined Micro Focus in 2014 as part of the acquisition of the Attachmate Group where he had served as Vice President of Product Management and Marketing for NetIQ. Prior to that, he spent seven years in various leadership positions at Novell in product management, sales, and services.

    John has over 34 years of experience in the IT industry working for numerous other companies holding roles including Managing Partner at BearingPoint/KPMG Consulting and a Vice President at EDS. He holds a master's degree in Computer Science from Georgia Institute of Technology and a bachelor's degree from Furman University with a double major in Mathematics and Computer Science.

    Neil Fowler

    Senior Vice President and General Manager, AMC Product Group

    Neil Fowler leads the Application Modernization and Connectivity (AMC) Product Group for Micro Focus. Neil joined Micro Focus in 1991 and played a key role in R&D as a technical architect in Enterprise Solutions. With significant experience of helping hundreds of customers deliver modernization projects he has been at the forefront of product architecture and strategy across COBOL, Mainframe Solutions, CORBA and Host Connectivity. Over the past 25 years Neil has held a number of different leadership roles responsible for strategy, acquisition integration and product design and delivery. Prior to his current role, Neil was Vice President for Engineering in AMC. He has a degree in Physics and Computer Science from Brunel University.

    Colin Mahony

    Senior Vice President and General Manager, Vertica Product Group

    Colin Mahony leads the Vertica Product Group for Micro Focus. In 2011, Colin joined HP through the Vertica acquisition and has since led the business. Prior to Vertica, Colin was a Vice President at Bessemer Venture Partners and before that he worked at Lazard Technology Partners. Earlier in his career, Colin was a Senior Analyst at the Yankee Group, serving as an industry analyst and consultant covering databases, BI, middleware, application servers, and ERP systems. Colin earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and a bachelor's degree in Economics with a minor in Computer Science from Georgetown University.

  • Greg Lock

    Non-Executive Chairman

    Greg Lock joined Micro Focus as Non-Executive Chairman in Feb 2020. Greg established his footprint in the technology space with a 30-year career with the IBM Corporation, where he served as assistant to the Chairman, a member of the IBM Worldwide Management Council, Governor of the IBM Academy of Technology and Global General Manager for Industrial Sector, where he drove the P&L for all IBM business with Aerospace, Automotive, Oil and Gas, Pharmaceutical, Electronic and Electrical, Engineering and Process companies equating to total revenues of c. $12 Billion.

    Since leaving IBM Greg, together with his wife Rosie established a charitable foundation aimed at supporting education in science and technology. His philanthropic work has continued and in 2016 he established the Lock Bursaries at Churchill aimed at supporting less financially advantaged state school pupils, male and female in equal number, to pursue STEM subjects at Churchill College.

    Greg has held several board roles including, Executive Chairman of Orchestream Holdings from June 2002 until January 2003 when he successfully sold the Company. He was Chairman of SurfControl PLC from October 2003 till October 2007 and Chairman of Kofax, a NASDAQ listed Software Company from 2008 until May 2015. He has also been Chairman, Senior Independent Director of and Chairman of the Remuneration Committee of UBM PLC. He was Deputy Chairman of Informa PLC From May 2018 until May 2109 and Chairman of Computacenter PLC from 2008 until May 2019.

    Greg holds an MA in Natural Sciences from Churchill College and is a life Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce.

    Stephen Murdoch

    Chief Executive Officer

    Stephen is our Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Micro Focus board, positions he has held since 19 March 2018. Stephen joined Micro Focus in 2012, first serving as General Manager of the Product Group and Chief Marketing Officer, responsible for all software product and services offerings development, customer services, corporate marketing and strategy. In 2014, he was appointed as Chief Operating Officer and Executive Director, having responsibility for sales and marketing, product strategy, development and management, services and business operations.

    Prior to Micro Focus, Stephen spent seven years at Dell, first building Dell’s Global Infrastructure Consulting Services organisation, and then leading its business in Europe, Middle East and Africa. Before Dell, Stephen had 17 years’ experience at IBM, latterly serving as Vice President, Communications Sector with responsibility for the entire telco, media, and utilities industry portfolio. During his IBM career, Stephen held a number of Global, EMEA and UK senior management roles with experience spanning software and services, storage, and enterprise systems.

    Brian McArthur-Muscroft

    Chief Financial Officer

    Brian is our Chief Financial Officer and a member of the Micro Focus board, positions he has held since 21 February 2019.

    Prior to joining Micro Focus Brian held a variety of senior management positions, including the role of Chief Financial Officer at TeleCity Group plc and most recently as Chief Financial Officer of Paysafe Group plc.

    Also a restructuring specialist, Brian was the Interim CFO on the successful turnaround of MCI Worldcom EMEA.

    He is a non-executive director and the senior independent director at Robert Walters plc, where he has been chair of the audit committee since 2013.

    In addition, Brian serves as the Responsible Officer for Hockerill Anglo-European College, a leading international secondary school in Hertfordshire.

    Brian was named as Business Week’s Finance Director of the Year in both 2013 and 2017, and the CBI’s FTSE 250 Finance Director of the Year in 2012. Brian holds a Law degree and qualified as a chartered accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers in London.

    Karen Slatford

    Senior Independent Non-Executive Director

    Karen is Chair of Draper Esprit plc, an AIM-quoted venture capital firm and she is also a non-executive director of AIM-quoted Accesso Technology Group plc and Softcat plc, a FTSE 250 IT infrastructure provider. Karen began her career at ICL before spending 20 years at Hewlett-Packard Company, where in 2000 she became Vice President and General Manager Worldwide Sales & Marketing for the Business Customer Organisation, responsible for sales of all Hewlett-Packard products, services and software to business customers globally. Karen holds a BA Honours degree in European Studies from Bath University and a Diploma in Marketing.

    Richard Atkins

    Independent Non-Executive Director

    Richard is Chairman of Acora, an IT Services outsourcing company and YSC, a leadership development consultancy company. He has spent the majority of his career within the IT industry. Previously, he was a director at Data Sciences where he led its leveraged buyout from Thorn EMI in 1991 and then managed its successful sale to IBM in 1996. His final role at IBM was as General Manager for IBM Global Services Northern Europe where he was also a member of the IBM worldwide senior leadership team. Since leaving IBM in 2005 he has acted as a non-executive director for several companies including Compel, Message Labs, Global Crossing, Morse and Easynet. Richard qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Young.

    Amanda Brown

    Independent Non-Executive Director

    Amanda is the Chief Human Resources Officer at Hiscox Ltd, a FTSE 250 business and specialist insurer with offices in 14 countries.

    Amanda has more than 20 years of international HR experience in a variety of industries, including consumer goods, leisure, hospitality, and financial services. Prior to Hiscox, Amanda held a number of leadership roles with Mars, PepsiCo, and Whitbread plc. She has expertise in human resources, remuneration strategy, and managing organisations through.

    Lawton Fitt

    Independent Non-Executive Director

    Lawton is an investment banker and a highly experienced corporate director. She currently serves on the boards of Ciena Corporation, The Progressive Corporation and The Carlyle Group, and was previously a non-executive director at ARM plc and Thomson Reuters. Lawton worked at Goldman Sachs for over 23 years in investment banking, equities and asset management and for more than a decade she led the equity capital markets team, focused on technology companies. She was elected a Partner in 1994 and worked in the London and New York offices.

    From 2002 to 2005 Lawton was the Secretary (Chief Executive Officer) of the Royal Academy of Arts in London, and has served as a trustee for a number of not-for-profit organisations and foundations, including the Goldman Sachs Foundation and the Thomson Reuters Foundation. She received her undergraduate degree in European History from Brown University and her MBA from the Darden School of the University of Virginia.

    Sander van ‘t Noordende

    Independent Non-Executive Director

    Sander joined the MicroFocus board in June 2020. He has had a 32 year career in Technology and Professional Services at Accenture, where he was a member of the Global Management Committee from 2006 to 2019. His last role in Accenture was Group Chief Executive of the Products Operating Group which serves clients in the Consumer Goods, Retail, Travel, Life Sciences and Industrial & Automotive industries. Before that he looked after Management Consulting, the Resources Operating Group and The Netherlands. He also served on the board of Avanade (an Accenture JV with Microsoft).

    Sander is passionate about inclusion in the workplace, especially the LGBTI agenda. He has been recognized several times by the FT as one of the top 100 global LGBT+ Executives. He currently serves on the Board of Out & Equal (the world’s premier LGBT workplace equality organization).

    He holds a Masters degree in Industrial Engineering and Management Science from the Eindhoven University of Technology.

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