Rob Wells to leave Business Objects at end of 2008

Sydney, AustraliaRob Wells, managing director Australia New Zealand of Business Objects, an SAP company, will leave the business at the end of the year.

Rob joined Business Objects in 2005 as managing director for ANZ. He has worked in the software industry for over 25 years with a track record of building successful businesses in the UK, Asia and Australia and New Zealand. Prior to joining Business Objects Rob led PeopleSoft in North Asia.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with Business Objects,” said Mr Wells. “I’ve worked with a fantastic group of people over the years and I take great pride in what we have been able to achieve – strong business growth, trusted and meaningful relationships with our customer, and a warm and very successful track record with our partners.”

“As the businesses of SAP and Business Objects work more closely together, the role of managing director has changed significantly. Now is the right time for me to look for other opportunities outside of SAP,” he continued.

“I remain absolutely committed to a very strong end to our financial year and to delivering on our commitments to customers and partners. The current climate reinforces the need for companies to have insight into their businesses and Business Objects solutions lead the world in our ability to deliver that insight. We are well-positioned for continued growth and a strong finish to 2008.”

Tim Ebbeck, president & CEO of SAP Australia New Zealand, said, “Rob has made a significant contribution to Business Objects in his time as managing director. I have valued Rob’s leadership, friendship and counsel since we started working together following SAP’s acquisition of Business Objects.

“While Rob will be missed personally and professionally from the end of the year, we are both absolutely committed to closing out 2008 with the best possible results.”

Rob Wells will continue to fulfill his role as managing director of Business Objects ANZ until the end of December 2008.