Yoichiro Yatsurugi assumes the role of President & CEO of SAP Japan

TokyoSAP Japan today announced the appointment of Yoichiro Yatsurugi as President and CEO of SAP Japan, effective January 1, 2008. The appointment provides new managerial focus and support to SAP’s efforts to best serve its customers and partners in Japan. This change in leadership concludes a successful transition from Robert Enslin which began in September with the appointment of Yoichiro Yatsurugi as President.

“The Asia-Pacific region is the global growth driver for SAP, and we have achieved major results in Japan under Robert’s leadership over the course of the last two and a half years. SAP Japan is now ready to be taken to the next level under Yatsurugi’s leadership” said Geraldine McBride, President & CEO SAP Asia Pacific Japan.

“Japan represents one of the highest growth markets for SAP globally,” said Bill McDermott, President & CEO SAP Americas & Asia Pacific Japan. “After meeting many Japanese customers with Yatsurugi-san at SAPPHIRE in October, I am very excited about him taking overall responsibility for SAP’s operations in Japan. Yatsurugi’s management skills, experience in the Japan market and commitment to our customers makes him the right choice to further fuel our growing business in Japan.”

Robert Enslin will assume the position of Chief Operating Officer for SAP North America as of January 1, 2008. In his role Robert Enslin will leverage his global experience to engage with customers and help shape the future of business in North America.

Enslin has been with SAP since 1992, holding various leadership positions in South Africa and North America prior to being appointed Japan President & CEO in 2005. In the two and a half years he has been in Japan, he has led the subsidiary to double-digit growth, mapped out key initiatives to enhance customer satisfaction, and established SAP Asia Pacific Japan’s first enterprise SOA Office. He also re-invigorated and enhanced SAP’s partner program to reinforce the company’s partner ecosystem in Japan. Fujitsu became the first Japanese company to become an SAP global service partner.

Yatsurugi Yoichiro started his career with IBM in Japan and filled various managerial roles in Japan and the United States. In 2001 he became head of AT&T Japan, and was subsequently promoted to head of AT&T Asia Pacific. After a tenure with Japan Telecom (currently Softbank Telecom), he became in 2005 President & CEO of Willcom. In April 2007, Yatsurugi joined SAP Japan as EVP of Strategic Industries and Solutions and was appointed to the Board of Directors in the month.