India — SAP Asia Pacific Japan today announces the appointment of Ranjan Das as President of SAP India Subcontinent. Das joins from SAP America where he was Senior Vice President leading the Platform Technology Group, bringing with him over 15 years of experience in the business software industry to take SAP India to its next level of growth. He will assume the position from Alan Sedghi, who will be moving on to a Global assignment within SAP.
“The Indian Subcontinent region will be one of the primary growth engines driving the doubling of our Asia Pacific Japan revenues by 2010, having already tripled revenues since 2002,” said Geraldine McBride, president and CEO, SAP Asia Pacific Japan. “Our valued partners and staff will benefit from his unique combination of global best practice experience and local market knowledge to enable customers in India, both small and large, to unlock new sources of revenue and efficiency through improved innovation and agility.”
Das is a seasoned entrepreneurial technology executive with over 15 years of experience in both global and startup software companies, including founding his own company. Born and raised in India, he received a scholarship to study at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the US and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Engineering. He then went on to attain an MBA from the Harvard Business School. Das joined SAP in the US six years ago and co-founded SAP xApps, one of the fastest growing businesses for the company. He also played a pivotal role in the early adoption of SAP NetWeaver, Duet, GRC and e-Sourcing. He will be relocating with his wife and two sons to Mumbai from the San Francisco Bay Area.
Over 1,800 enterprises in India rely on SAP today, and are supported by an ecosystem of more than 160 partners. To drive its goal of expanding its Indian customer base to over 15,000 by 2010, Henning Kagermann, CEO of SAP AG, announced in 2006 the company will invest US$1 billion and double country headcount by 2010. SAP in India today has over 4,600 employees across eight offices.