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The European Commission has recently been debating legislation calling for a minimum quota for female company executives. SAP.info previously reported on why HP, Microsoft, and other IT companies say “no” to such a quota. But what about SAP – what is its position on the matter? As it stands today, 4 of the 16 SAP Supervisory Board positions, or 25 percent, are filled by women. Yet there is still room for improvement at the company. In May 2011, SAP undertook to increase the percentage of leadership positions held by women globally from 18 percent (at the beginning of 2011) to 25 percent in 2017 – the current number is 19.4 percent (2012 figures).

Who are the women who have already made it to the top ranks of SAP? And what topics and issues are they responsible for? SAP.info presents a small selection here.

Luisa Deplazes Delgado:

At the recent SAP Forum for Human Resource Management in Karlsruhe, SAP’s Chief Human Resources Officer and Executive Board member Deplazes Delgado pointed out that the new generation of employees is no longer willing to put up with top-down decisions, and that managers need to step outside their comfort zone. She sees a “new sovereignty of the individual” emerging.

Read the article here: HR: Digital Natives Were Yesterday

Xiaoqun Clever:

She studied in China, Germany, and the United States and is a top manager, a mother, and a marathon runner. The president of SAP Labs China explains in this interview how SAP can achieve success through innovation in China, and the role scalability plays in the Middle Kingdom.

Read the article here: Xiaoqun Clever’s Way

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Next page: SAP’s female Leaders in Turkey and China

Zeynep Keskin:

The new Managing Director of SAP Turkey, Zeynep Keskin, believes the proper use of technology is vital for the growth and success of Turkey’s economy. She discusses the importance the Turkish government attaches to IT and the role played by SAP. In addition, Keskin explains how she plans to implement SAP’s ambitious plans in this strategic growth market and what goals she is pursuing.

Read the article here: Spotlight on IT in Turkey

Yasmin Awad:

Transparency and open communication – these are the goals Yasmin Awad, manager of SAP’s global user-group organization, is aiming for worldwide. The support she and her team provide differs from country to country, depending on the given situation. She talks about the common objectives when collaborating, how she intends to bring the user groups forward, and what SAP gets out of it all.

Read the article here: The Users’ Advocate

Mary Liu:

Before SAP could increase its presence in China, it first had to hire Mary Liu. Having been an independent consultant for many years, Liu needed four months to decide whether to give up her company and become the vice president of Human Resources at SAP China. SAP China’s recruitment initiative requires a lot of planning and creative ideas, especially if SAP wants to beat the competition. Liu believes it is up to the employer to come up with a better knowledge management model and ensure more flexible career paths for employees. She talks about the challenges of HR management in the IT job market in China.

Read the article here: Mary Liu: On Hiring 2,000 by 2015

Ina Schlie:

Ina Schlie is the Senior Vice President of Global Tax at SAP and responsible for more than 70 employees worldwide. She discusses her role as a sustainable leader and what that means in terms of the environment, social interaction, and the male to female ratio in her team.

Watch the video here: Sustainable Leadership

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Tanja Rückert, head of Quality Governance & Production at SAP, explains what  “Speed of Trust” has to do with sustainable leadership.