SAP executive resigns over Gulf sales practices investigation

UPDATED - SAP investigation underway into dealings in Iran, Reuters reports

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SAP executive resigns over Gulf sales practices investigation SAP is investigating business practices in the Gulf region, the company has confirmed.
By  ITP.net Staff Writer Published  November 23, 2017

SAP has confirmed that one Gulf executive has resigned, and another has been put on administrative leave as part of an internal investigation into its business practices in the region.

According to Reuters, the two executives are the UAE managing director Tayfun Topkoc, and Przemek Oledzki, chief of staff and managing director for Oman.

A source told Reuters that the investigation is related to SAP's business in Iran, which is run from the Dubai office.

SAP has confirmed the investigation, but no further details have been given at this time.

ITP.net was unable to reach Tayfun Topkoc for comment.

SAP is already under investigation by the US in relation to alleged corruption in its South African operations.

Update: A SAP spokesperson told ITP.net: 

"On November 18, UAE managing director Tayfun Topkoc tendered his resignation from SAP. SAP respects his decision. SAP Oman MD Przemek Oledzki is on administrative leave. We are currently investigating business activities in the region.

"SAP confirms that one executive in the MENA region has resigned from the company on Nov. 18. SAP respects the executive's decision. Another two employees in the region are on administrative leave.  We are currently investigating business activities in the region. There is no link to South Africa. SAP is committed to the highest standards of business ethics - and we always strive to operate with transparency and integrity. Please understand that we cannot say more while the investigation is ongoing."

 

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