SAP AG, the largest European software enterprise and the third largest in the world, has promoted Leo Apotheker to co-CEO position that is likely to lead him to the CEO post after Henning Kagermann’s retirement.
Léo Apotheker has been a member of the SAP AG Executive Board and President of Global Customer Solutions & Operations since 2002. In his role, he is responsible for all of SAP’s customer operations including consulting, education and training, sales, marketing, SMB, and field services. Prior to that, he was President of SAP EMEA ( Europe , Middle East and Africa ) from 1999 to 2002.
Since joining SAP in 1988, Léo Apotheker has held other various positions within the company including CEO and founder of SAP France and SAP Belgium (1995-1997) and President of SAP’s South West Europe region (1997-1999).
During his career, Léo Apotheker has held management positions at a variety of companies in the IT industry. From 1994 to 1995, he was management partner at ABP Partners, a strategic management consulting company specialized in global strategy definition and implementation and in restructuring of ailing software companies.
Before joining ABP partners, he served as founding president and COO of ECsoft (1992-1994), one of the largest European venture capital startups. He also held positions at McCormack & Dodge Europe and Swift.