Shai Agassi Leaves, Leo Apotheker Named Deputy CEO

In making this announcement, SAP confirms its commitment to the company’s current product and platform strategy, and its dedication to the success of SAP customers and partners. “While we regret Shai’s decision to leave, we congratulate him on his record of achievement at SAP,” said Hasso Plattner, chairman of the SAP Supervisory Board and company founder. “Shai drove the company’s successful platform strategy, led innovation that helped SAP grow and continue market leadership, as well as set the stage for the future of business software. I had shared with Shai my plan that he should become successor to Henning Kagermann as a co-CEO for SAP.
With the extension of Kagermann’s contract to 2009, it became apparent that Shai was not comfortable committing to a 10- to 15-year period, which was not in keeping with his personal career timeline. Given this, I made the recommendation to the Supervisory Board that we change our plans and now adjust SAP’s executive management team responsibilities.” And: “We have a strong development and product leadership team in place, we’ve made remarkable progress along the roadmap to enterprise SOA and have a clear vision about new opportunities for volume business in the midmarket,” said Henning Kagermann, CEO of SAP AG.
“It has been my distinct honor to take part in the story of SAP these past six years,” said Shai Agassi, president of the Product & Technology Group and member of the SAP Executive Board. “I am very proud of our accomplishments and the successful products we have brought to market. The product team will continue down the path under Henning’s leadership and I am confident that SAP will continue to lead the enterprise software market for many years to come. I will remember my time at SAP as one of the most satisfying periods of my career, and it has been my great pleasure to work with such outstanding and passionate people at SAP. I look forward to new opportunities, and working on issues that are important to me, including alternative energy and environmental policy issues, as well as the future of Israel.”
The SAP Supervisory Board has accepted Shai’s resignation effective April 1, 2007. Shai will be retained as a special consultant to the Office of the Chairman of the Supervisory Board on technology, innovation and competitive trends and maintain an office on the company’s Palo Alto campus.

Léo Apotheker Appointed Deputy CEO − Executive Council Formed

The company announced that Léo Apotheker, president of Customer Solutions & Operations, and member of the Executive Board, will assume the new role of Deputy CEO of SAP AG effective immediately. SAP also announced the formation of an Executive Council, comprised of the company’s corporate officers. Reporting to the Executive Board, the Council will have shared responsibilities for both customer-facing and product strategies, enabling SAP to align with customer needs more quickly, and in support of the company’s 2010 growth plan. Underlining the company’s commitment to the current product and platform strategy, those executives leading development organizations will now report into Henning Kagermann.

The following executives will report to Henning Kagermann:

  • Doug Merritt has been named a Corporate Officer and will lead the development of software for the business user.
  • Klaus Kreplin, Corporate Officer, will continue to lead SAP NetWeaver technology.
  • Jim Hagemann Snabe, Corporate Officer, will lead development of the SAP Business Suite and industry solutions.
  • Michael Kleinemeier, Corporate Officer, will drive collaboration and lead industry business unit priorities.
  • Bob Stutz will continue to lead the CRM team.

The following executives will report to Léo Apotheker:

  • Global Marketing and Solution Marketing will be combined into a single marketing organization led by Marty Homlish, Corporate Officer. Peter Graf will report to Marty Homlish as his Deputy.
  • Hans-Peter Klaey, Corporate Officer, will continue to lead the SME organization, which now encompasses SAP Business One.


EMEA Central will be combined into one EMEA region led by Ernie Gunst, Corporate Officer, who is responsible for SAP’s field operations in that region. Bill McDermott, Corporate Officer, will oversee the Americas and the Asia Pacific and Japan regions. Geraldine McBride will continue to lead the APJ region and report to Bill in his expanded role. All partner activities — including independent software vendors, channel, technology partners, service partners and systems integrators – will be led by Zia Yusuf.

Source: SAP AG