SAP AG: Executive Board Personnel Changes

May 04, 2014 | SAP - Ad-hoc Announcements
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WALLDORF, Germany - May 4, 2014 - Dr. Vishal Sikka, Executive Board Member
for Products and Innovation, announced his departure from the Executive
Board of SAP AG for personal reasons, effective immediately. In conjunction
with this announcement SAP AG today announced the decision of its
Supervisory Board to appoint Robert Enslin and Bernd Leukert to the
company's Executive Board, effective immediately, in order to advance the
technology industry's most successful transition to the cloud.

Enslin will continue to lead global customer operations and Leukert will
assume responsibility for the global development organization. Enslin and
Leukert represent two of SAP's longest serving and most promising leaders,
bringing a combined 42 years of SAP experience to the Executive Board.


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The Supervisory Board also approved two new appointments to the Global
Managing Board, Helen Arnold and Stefan Ries, to strengthen the next
generation leadership team of SAP.

'No company in the industry can do what SAP can do in the cloud with the
SAP HANA platform today. I would like to personally thank Vishal for his
contribution to take SAP to this stage. We will remain friends as he
pursues the next step in his journey,' said Hasso Plattner, Chairman of the
Supervisory Board of SAP AG. 'Robert Enslin and Bernd Leukert have
dedicated their careers to SAP's customers and employees. They will play
integral roles in scaling the broad adoption of the HANA Cloud platform and
accelerating the company's success into a new era. I'm also pleased that
strong leaders like Helen Arnold and Stefan Ries are stepping into senior
leadership positions to drive SAP forward at this moment of significant

SAP HANA had a continuing strong adoption rate in the first quarter 2014,
demonstrating that it is the leading real-time business platform. SAP now
has more than 3,200 SAP HANA customers since market launch in June 2011 and
close to 1,000 customers for SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA, which
was launched just one year ago. SAP HANA is also evolving into the leading
technology platform: there are more than 1,200 startups from 57 countries
building applications on SAP HANA. Of these startups, more than 60 already
have commercially available products on the market today.

'Our SAP HANA platform is established as the global standard, its roadmap
is in full effect', said Bill McDermott and Jim Hagemann Snabe, Co-CEOs of
SAP. 'Now is the moment for leaders like Rob Enslin, Bernd Leukert, Helen
Arnold and Stefan Ries to step up and fulfill the promise of SAP as THE
cloud company powered by SAP HANA. We couldn't be more thrilled by this
next-generation leadership team and all it will bring to our mission to
simplify everything.'

'Rob Enslin and Bernd Leukert have played central roles in executing our
transition to the cloud and the adoption of SAP HANA,' said Bill McDermott
and Jim Hagemann Snabe.  'SAP customers are looking for the operational
experience, thought leadership and best practices to support their own
transformations through innovation without disruption. We are very
confident that Rob and Bernd are the right leaders to drive the scale and
adoption of the SAP Cloud powered by SAP HANA.'

Enslin joined SAP in 1992 and began his career as an SAP consultant
supporting customers in South Africa. He has steadily risen to his current
role leading the company's over 20,0000 professionals in sales and services
and has presided over the integration of SAP's go-to-market teams to
advance a simplified experience for SAP customers.

Leukert joined SAP in 1994 and has long been one of the company's foremost
technologists and solution visionaries. He was appointed to the Global
Managing Board in 2013 after successfully orchestrating the development and
delivery of SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA. He will now lead the
global development organization in redefining business applications on the
HANA Cloud platform.

In joining the Global Managing Board, Helen Arnold and Stefan Ries bring
strong executive backgrounds that will support the company's cloud
operations and people agenda, respectively.

A 18-year veteran of SAP, Arnold will assume the role of chief information
officer for the SAP Group and lead cloud operations and the HANA Enterprise
Cloud, in addition to her current responsibilities as the head of SAP's
internal Business Innovations and Application Services organization. She
has broad experience leading SAP's internal innovation agenda, most
recently transitioning SAP to a next-generation financial management system
on the SAP HANA platform.

Ries recently rejoined SAP to lead global human resources from Egon
Zehnder, where he served during the last three years as principal
consultant, advising global companies in leadership and executive search.
Between 2002 and 2010, Ries had several global and regional leadership
positions with SAP's HR organization.

For more information:

Stefan Gruber, +49 (6227) 7-44872,, CET

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