Apotheker Leaves SAP

February 8, 2010 by Claudia Linke

Léo Apotheker resigns effective immediately. (photo: Markus Elsen)

SAP announced yesterday that the SAP Supervisory Board has reached a mutual agreement with Léo Apotheker not to extend his contract as a member of the SAP Executive Board. Léo Apotheker has resigned as chief executive officer and board member effective immediately. The SAP Executive Board, in agreement with the SAP Supervisory Board, has appointed two Co-CEOs: Bill McDermott, head of field organization and Jim Hagemann Snabe, head of product development, both already members of the SAP Executive Board.

In addition, Vishal Sikka, chief technology officer, has been appointed to the SAP Executive Board. At the request of the SAP Supervisory Board, Hasso Plattner, co-founder of SAP and chairman of the SAP Supervisory Board, will continue to play a strong role in advising the new leaders on technology and product development. “The new setup of the SAP Executive Board will allow SAP to better align product innovation with customer needs. The new leadership team will continue to drive forward SAP’s strategy and focus on profitable growth, and will deliver its innovations in 2010 to expand SAP’s leadership of the business software market,” said Hasso Plattner.

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