Karen Sage
Chief Marketing Officer



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Karen Sage is Transplace’s Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) responsible for the company’s global marketing, communications, sales operations, enablement, and go-to-market efforts. She is a veteran with 25+ years of experience in business-to-business marketing and communications having helped several industry leaders launch disruptive new categories, accelerate revenue growth, and build leadership brands.

Prior to Transplace, Karen was the CMO at MercuryGate International, a Transportation Management Solution (TMS) SaaS provider, where she helped dramatically grow and package the company for acquisition. She came to MercuryGate from spend management solution provider, SciQuest, whose name has since been changed to JAGGAER. Prior to her CMO role at SciQuest/JAGGAER, Karen was at CA Technologies where she served as vice president of marketing leading rapid growth initiatives.

Her experiences leading growth also include multiple leadership roles during a 15-year stint at Cisco in engineering, product management, marketing, go-to-market, and strategic planning for Cisco’s service provider network management business. Karen started her career as an engineer having invented the NETSYS Performance tools at NETSYS Technologies, Inc., which was acquired by Cisco in 1996. Karen holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics, a Master of Science degree in Systems Engineering and was a PhD candidate in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia.



  1. Karen is very good at assimilating technical information and conveying it in an easy-to-understand and compelling way. She does exceptionally well at interpreting the high level goals and objectives of the company and communicating those across the marketing team for building the necessary plans and tactics to support those objectives.

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  2. Sets clear strategic direction. Very metrics driven, and makes decision based on results. Karen takes time to learn about our customers and the market, and she has a clear understanding of the technology behind our products. Karen also has led a brand transformation for our company that has modernized the business.

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  3. Karen is an incredible leader in the supply chain SaaS software industry. She is a dynamic marketing leader and thought leader. She understands how SaaS software delivers value and is able to capture and articulate the value across all levels of technical maturity.

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  4. She is always willing to to step out of her comfort zone to promotes others and help them achieve their highest goals. She sees the positives in everyone she meets but yet is able to give constructive criticism when needed.

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  5. Very intelligent, awesome, friendly and knowledgeable of two industries – SaaS and Transportation

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  6. Fabulous leader, fabulous vision, created a great award winning marketing team

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  7. Team Player, Inspirational Leader, Rock Star, collaborative team builder

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  8. Karen is a awesome leader, team player, mentor, and generally awesome.

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  9. Very influential executive who inspires her team to do great things.

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  10. Encourages team, amazing mentor, and

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  11. Highly intelligent

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