SAP Africa appoints new COO

JohannesburgSAP Africa has appointed Derek Kudsee to the position of Chief Operating Officer (COO) for sub-Sahara Africa, strengthening the software vendor’s presence in this growing market.

Kudsee brings with him a wealth of experience within the business, having previously worked as Director of SME for SAP Africa. He also has tremendous local, regional and global experience, including working with the SAP Africa team, partners and customers during his four years as Director of SME.

In his new role, Kudsee will be responsible for leading strategic operations that will further build the SAP brand as a top ICT provider across the African continent.

“The best run businesses globally run SAP, and I believe that there is huge untapped potential in Africa. I am thrilled to have the opportunity as COO to support the business for today and lead it for tomorrow,” says Kudsee. “There are significant opportunities across the rest of Africa and we are keen to realise this potential through relevant solutions. SAP is ready to work closely with current and potential customers, as well as partners across the continent. The time for Africa is now.”

“Derek Kudsee brings with him a wealth of management and leadership experience to this role, which will prove to be invaluable as we continue to grow our business in Africa,” comments Pfungwa Serima, Managing Director of SAP Africa.


SAP is the world’s leading provider of business software(*), offering applications and services that enable companies of all sizes and in more than 25 industries to become best-run businesses. With more than 97 000 customers in over 120 countries, the company is listed on several exchanges, including the Frankfurt stock exchange and NYSE, under the symbol “SAP”. For more information, visit http://www.sap.com.

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