WALLDORF, Germany — SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) today announced that Stefan Ries will join the company as Global Head of Human Resources by April 1, 2014. In this role, he will oversee all HR activities of SAP and lead the Human Resources organization, reporting to Dr. Werner Brandt, Member of the Executive Board of SAP AG, Chief Financial Officer, Human Resources and Labor Relations Director. After Brandt’s withdrawal from the Executive Board on June 30, 2014, Ries will report to Bill McDermott, Co-CEO and Member of the Executive Board of SAP AG. Ries will be based in Walldorf.
Ries rejoins SAP from Egon Zehnder, where he served during the last three years as principal consultant, advising global companies in leadership and executive search. Between 2002 and 2010 Ries had several global and regional leadership positions with SAP’s HR organization. During that time, he acquired a deep understanding of SAP business and the ability to help shape the company’s culture. He was also instrumental in driving strategic HR programs and helped establish a modern HR business partner organization at SAP. Before working for SAP, Ries held HR leadership positions with Compaq and Microsoft.
“I’m very pleased that Stefan is rejoining SAP, especially given his comprehensive knowledge of SAP as well as his experience in talent management and leadership development,” said Brandt. “Stefan knows our business, company culture and organization very well. In addition, the broad consulting expertise he brings from Egon Zehnder will help him support SAP’s growth momentum. He’s the right leadership choice to further develop our high-performance culture and manage SAP’s transition to become the cloud company.”
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