The new chief executive at software giant Sage has officially taken up his role.
The Newcastle firm announced in August that Mr Kelly would succeed Guy Berruyer as group chief executive officer, a role attracting a basic salary of £790,000 plus bonuses.
Mr Berruyer has now retired but is on hand to support Mr Kelly until March 2015.
Stephen Kelly said: “I am very excited and privileged to lead Sage as one of the world’s leading SME accounting systems companies.
“We will continue to focus on delighting and supporting our customers to grow their businesses and thrive. “Sage has a vibrant culture and I look forward to meeting my colleagues in the weeks to come and talking with customers on what works well and what we can do better.
“We have an important role to play as a champion of SMEs, who are vital to economic growth and I look forward to leading Sage in support of them as the powerhouse of economies globally.
“In my first 30 days, I will meet Sage customers and our people across Europe, USA and Africa, learning about the business and listening to their perspectives in order to build on the company’s unique position at the heart of the global SME community.”
Sage is due to report its 2014 full year financial results on December 3.