Ian Black appointed Chief Operating Officer, SAP Australia New Zealand

Auckland, New ZealandSAP Australia New Zealand today announced the appointment of Ian Black as Chief Operating Officer, SAP Australia New Zealand, reporting to Tim Ebbeck, President & CEO SAP Australia New Zealand. Ian was previously Managing Director SAP New Zealand.

Ian begins the transition role immediately during Q4 and assumes the role permanently from January 1 2009, replacing Therese McGrath. Ian will continue to be involved in the New Zealand market, assuming the role of Chairman of SAP New Zealand.

“Ian has been in the role of managing director of SAP New Zealand for five years and has led the New Zealand business through a period of great growth,” says Tim Ebbeck.

“Importantly, Ian has been a very significant participant in the growth in the broader ANZ business over the same period.”

Ian has previously held roles with SAP in Australia and in Asia Pacific including both regional and country leadership roles. Earlier this year, Ian assumed the role of VP SME for ANZ where he spearheaded SAP’s SME business.

Ian will relocate to Sydney in early 2009. He will be replaced by Graeme Riley, who joins SAP from Infor where he was VP Asia Pacific based out of Hong Kong – see the accompanying announcement.