The new program that she heads will include greater emphasis on maintaining a prominent federal affairs and business development function for SAP in Washington, D.C. “Mary brings more than 20 years of extensive and proven government affairs experience to her new role at SAP America,” said Bill McDermott, CEO and president, SAP America, Inc. “Her experience as an accomplished government affairs professional working in the technology industry as well as working in the United States Senate will be a powerful asset to SAP. We look forward to leveraging her rich experience and enthusiasm, helping us formulate and implement a successful government relations program that reinforces our commitment to growing our public sector business.”
Reporting directly to Chris Sorek, senior vice president of public relations for SAP AG, Arnold will oversee government lobbying efforts as well as issues management. As part of her responsibilities, Arnold will also focus on all aspects of SAP’s relationships with government – government as a rule maker, a supporter and a customer – concentrating on SAP’s relations with the U.S. government throughout the country and abroad. Ultimately, Arnold will help SAP to further cultivate its positive public perception as the world’s leading provider of business software solutions and as a major U.S. employer, with more than 5,000 employees across the country.
Mary E. Arnold has more than 20 years of experience in government affairs. Most recently she was vice president of congressional affairs and federal government affairs for AT&T. There, she was accountable for devising and implementing integrated legislative strategies to meet corporate goals and objectives on telecommunications, tax and the Internet. Prior to AT&T, she provided strategic counsel and government relations services to clients such as National Broadcasting Company, AT&T, Lucent Technologies and Morton International. Her government experience first began within the United States Senate, assisting Senator Paula Hawkins in special projects. She also conducted health care casework as a floor assistant in the Senate Republican cloakroom, working with Senate leadership in tracking and scheduling all legislation on the Senate floor.
Arnold holds a Juris Doctorate degree from Georgetown University Law Center and a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration from Rollins College. She is an active member of the District of Columbia Bar Association and Federal Communications Bar and is also involved in several political organizations, including the American Counsel of Young Political Leaders, where she is a member of the board and the organization’s representative to the United Nations.
Source: SAP AG