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Press release: SAP transforms the Executive Board

To achieve the ambitious goals of integration and transparency in terms of product strategy, SAP is making some organizational changes to the Executive Board.
E-3 Magazine
February 26, 2020
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These changes include consolidating areas of responsibility on the Board of Management. For example, Sales, Service and all corresponding organizational units with a focus on customer success will in future be bundled in the "Customer Success" board department and headed by Adaire Fox-Martin. Product Management, Development and Product Support will also be brought together under one board department and will in future be the responsibility of Thomas Saueressig.

Board member and Chief Technology Officer Jürgen Müller will drive the development of an integrated data management solution in the future, in addition to his holistic responsibility for SAP platform and technology development technology development and technologies for the intelligent enterprise. Saueressig and Müller's divisions will continue to work together.

As part of these changes, most of the teams of the Digital Business Services will be fully integrated into the areas of responsibility responsibilities of Fox-Martin and Saueressig. With the exception of Qualtrics, CX Engineering and CX Product Strategy, as well as the main components of Concur, all of the teams previously under the Cloud Business Group will be integrated into the new organizational model. organizational model.

SAP says goodbye to Ries and Kleinemeier

The Supervisory Board of SAP has reached an Stefan Ries and Michael Kleinemeier to leave the Company by mutual agreement. their departure from the company. Ries will leave the company at the end of Kleinemeier will leave the company on April 30, 2020.

Ries (53) looks back on a long career at SAP. behind him. He joined the company in 2002 and was responsible for various HR functions until 2010. functions in the HR area, headed the HR business partner organization and supervised all HR functions at the operational level. From 2010 to 2014, he worked as a consultant at Egon Zehnder International, then returned to SAP and was appointed to the was appointed to the SAP Executive Board in April 2016.

Kleinemeier (62) joined SAP in 1989 and has held numerous management held numerous management positions at SAP, including head of the of industry solutions, managing director of SAP Germany and head of the MEE region. In 2015, he was appointed to the SAP Executive Board and has since led of SAP Digital Business Services on the Executive Board.

"Without Ries and Kleinemeier, SAP would not be where the company is today. I would like to thank them both for their many years of close and very good cooperation."

said Professor Hasso Plattner, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of SAP.

"Stefan Ries' work has helped position SAP as an employer that stands for innovation, performance, and employee engagement. Michael Kleinemeier is an SAP colleague who has had a lasting impact on our success and that of our customers for over thirty years.

Under his leadership, the Services and Support departments have been instrumental in helping customers on their journey to becoming smart businesses."

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