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SAP AG (FRA:SAP) SAP SE: SAP sets course for the future with next generation leadership team

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11/10/2019 00:44

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SAP SE: SAP sets course for the future with next generation leadership team

11-Oct-2019 / 00:44 CET/CEST
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SAP SETS COURSE FOR THE FUTURE WITH NEXT GENERATION LEADERSHIP TEAM

  • McDermott to depart following successful decade as CEO
  • Morgan, Klein to become Co-CEOs
 

SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) today announced that Bill McDermott has decided not to renew his contract and is stepping down from his position as Chief Executive Officer. In activating the company's long-term succession plan, Executive Board members Jennifer Morgan and Christian Klein have been appointed Co-Chief Executive Officers, effective immediately, with the approval of the Supervisory Board. McDermott will remain in an advisory capacity until the end of the year to ensure a smooth transition.

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Stefan Gruber
Investor Relations
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Email: investor@sap.com


Information and Explanation of the Issuer to this News:

'SAP would not be what it is today without Bill McDermott,' said Professor Hasso Plattner, Chairman of the Supervisory Board. 'Bill made invaluable contributions to this company and he was a main driver of SAP's transition to the cloud, which will fuel our growth for many years to come. We thank him for everything he has done for SAP. We also congratulate Jennifer and Christian for this opportunity to build on the strong foundation we have for the future of SAP. Bill and I made the decision over a year ago to expand Jennifer and Christian's roles as part of a long-term process to develop them as our next generation of leaders. We are confident in their vision and capabilities as we take SAP to its next phase of growth and innovation.'

'Every CEO dreams of being able to transition a company to its next generation from a position of significant strength,' said McDermott. 'When you look at where we were and where we are, I simply could not be prouder of what this company has achieved over the past decade. I am thankful for the opportunity to lead one of the world's finest companies. Now is the moment for everyone to begin an exciting new chapter, and I am confident that Jennifer and Christian will do an outstanding job. I look forward to supporting them as they finish 2019 and lay the foundation for 2020 and beyond. To every customer, partner, shareholder and colleague who invested their trust in SAP, I can only relay my heartfelt gratitude and enduring respect.'

McDermott joined SAP in 2002. As head of North America, SAP was able to significantly increase its market share in the region, putting SAP on its path to becoming a global powerhouse. He eventually led customer operations worldwide and joined the Executive Board in 2008. For the past decade, McDermott has served as CEO and has overseen a period of dramatic growth for SAP, including expanding its portfolio and initiating a major shift to cloud computing. Under McDermott's leadership, key metrics including market value, revenue, profits, employee engagement and environmental sustainability have all strengthened substantially since 2010.

With the formal endorsement of the Supervisory Board, the company activates its leadership succession plan, designed to preserve continuity and empower its next generation leaders in advance of the formal kickoff to calendar year 2020.

'As they have already demonstrated, Jennifer and Christian complement each other perfectly and will be strong Co-CEOs, a leadership model that is time-tested at SAP with multiple prior instances of success.' Plattner added.

Morgan and Klein bring decades of experience in the enterprise applications software industry. Both serve on the company's Executive Board. Morgan, who joined SAP in 2004, most recently served as President of SAP's Cloud Business Group, overseeing Qualtrics, SAP SuccessFactors, SAP Ariba, SAP Fieldglass, SAP Customer Experience and SAP Concur. She was named an Executive Board member in 2017.

Morgan said, 'I could not be more grateful to Hasso Plattner and the Supervisory Board for placing their trust in me and Christian to lead this next chapter for SAP. We accept the challenge with a high degree of humility, but also with a sincere belief that the best is yet to come for SAP. We have the finest, most talented colleagues in the world who give us so much confidence in the road ahead. Bill McDermott has been not only a tremendous leader, but a mentor and a role model for so many of us. In Bill, we stand on the shoulders of a giant and look forward to building on his legacy of success.'

Klein, who started his career at SAP two decades ago as a student, most recently served as the company's Chief Operating Officer, also overseeing product development for the flagship ERP solution, SAP S/4HANA. Previously, he worked as SAP SuccessFactors' Chief Financial Officer and as SAP's Chief Controlling Officer. Klein was appointed to the Executive Board in 2018.

Klein said, 'As someone who began my career in the halls of SAP, this is the highest honor I can imagine to become Co-CEO together with Jennifer. Hasso Plattner has given us a tremendous opportunity and we are truly thankful to him and the Supervisory Board. SAP has the most comprehensive solutions portfolio in the industry. We have an unprecedented opportunity to finish what we started and deliver the intelligent enterprise. This will be the best way to honor our predecessor Bill McDermott. We will always strive to be leaders who bring out the best in people like Bill has always done.'

In a separate news release, SAP also reported its Q3 business results earlier, highlighting strong double-digit revenue and profit growth and significant margin expansion.

SAP will host a conference call regarding this announcement for media and analysts on October 11, 2019, at 8:00 a.m. CET (2:00 a.m. ET / 11pm PT on October 10). The call will be available to international callers at +44 (0)330 336 9107, to U.S. callers at +1 646 828 8156, conference code: 6731312, and via webcast at https://broadcast.co.sap.com/go/investor. A replay will be provided later at http://www.sap.com/investor.

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About SAP
As the Experience Company powered by the Intelligent Enterprise, SAP is the market leader in enterprise application software, helping companies of all sizes and in all industries run at their best: 77% of the world's transaction revenue touches an SAP(R) system. Our machine learning, Internet of Things (IoT), and advanced analytics technologies help turn customers' businesses into intelligent enterprises. SAP helps give people and organizations deep business insight and fosters collaboration that helps them stay ahead of their competition. We simplify technology for companies so they can consume our software the way they want - without disruption. Our end-to-end suite of applications and services enables more than 437,000 business and public customers to operate profitably, adapt continuously, and make a difference. With a global network of customers, partners, employees, and thought leaders, SAP helps the world run better and improve people's lives. For more information, visit www.sap.com.

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Company: SAP SE
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