Leila Romane assumes leadership position to drive the next phase of growth 

LONDON, UK – 11 July, 2024 – SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) today announced that Leila Romane has been appointed as Managing Director, SAP UK & Ireland (UKI). Leila will report directly to Manos Raptopoulos, President EMEA at SAP, and is based in London. In the Managing Director role, Leila will lead the UK & Ireland team, from August 1st, calling on her 20+ years of leadership experience to execute SAP’s UKI strategy with a focus on helping organisations leverage cloud solutions to drive business transformation. 

A passionate leader with extensive experience managing organisations and scaling high performing teams across large complex markets, Leila has held senior executive roles across the UK and Ireland as well as EMEA since joining SAP in 2017. 

Leila is no stranger to the UKI, having served as the market unit Chief Business Officer before accepting this appointment, where she was responsible for executing SAP’s UKI go to market strategy, sales and demand generation whilst driving customer lifetime value as part of its focus on transforming to a cloud company. 

Prior to that, Leila was Head of SAP SuccessFactors EMEA North, where she built a strong team culture that delivered predictable business, increased employee engagement and where she played a key role, driving successful outcomes with some of SAP’s largest clients across the region. She has also previously served as Head of SAP SuccessFactors and Head of Public Sector for the UKI. 

Leila succeeds Ryan Poggi, who has had held a number of senior roles across the business and has made the personal decision to leave SAP after 17 years with the organisation. 

Manos Raptopoulos, President EMEA at SAP, said: “I’m so pleased that Leila has accepted the role of Managing Director for our UK and Ireland business. This is an incredibly critical market for SAP, and I have every confidence that with her industry experience, dynamic leadership style, and her focus to foster long-term customer success, our incredible UKI team, is in very safe hands as it heads into the next phase of growth and innovation. I am incredibly grateful for the great momentum Ryan has brought to our business and wish him well in his next move.” 

Leila Romane, Managing Director SAP UK & Ireland, said: “I have been fortunate enough to support so many of our fantastic clients across this market unit and am excited to take on the Managing Director role to continue the momentum which has been built through this team over the last few years. We have so much opportunity to help our clients disrupt and transform, and with the team we have here in UKI, I have no doubt the best is still to come!”. 


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