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SAP AG shuffles executive squad

SAP AG has announced the appointment of José Duarte as president and CEO of the company’s operations in Europe, Middle East & Africa.

SAP AG has announced the appointment of José Duarte as president and CEO of the company’s operations in Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) and Rodolpho Cardenuto as president and CEO of SAP Latin America.

The new leaders assume their roles as Erwin Gunst, formerly president of SAP EMEA, and Bill McDermott, formerly president and CEO of Americas & Asia Pacific Japan assume new executive positions within the company and officially join the Executive Board of SAP AG, as previously announced on April 2, 2008.

José Duarte, in the role of president and CEO, EMEA, will focus on delivering continued growth in the region, building upon the success of his predecessor Gunst. He brings more than 15 years of SAP experience to the position, most recently as executive vice president of Large Enterprise, EMEA.

Previously, he served as president of SAP Latin America. Duarte began his career with SAP in the EMEA region in SAP Portugal. He held positions of growing responsibility that culminated in January 2003, when he was appointed regional managing director of South West EMEA NEWS.

Duarte’s subsequent leadership of the Latin America region saw increases in software revenue by more than 36% and new names by 80% in 2007 alone. He replaces Erwin Gunst, who has been named chief operating officer, SAP AG.

Gunst’s new role of chief operating officer represents the continuing maturity of SAP’s organizational focus on sustainable, profitable growth and efficient operations. It is in keeping with the Executive Board’s commitment to continuous improvement in shareholder and customer value as the company remains on its growth path.

Overseeing SAP’s three regional field organizations is Bill McDermott, who has been named president and CEO of Global Field Operations. In this role, McDermott will have worldwide responsibility for all customer operations. McDermott previously led the company’s operations in the Americas and Asia Pacific Japan.

“These appointments reflect both our dynamic business and the superb executive strength of our leadership team,” said Léo Apotheker, co-CEO, SAP.

“Our success has always come from the company’s depth of engagement with customers, and Bill and Ernie have consistently delivered a customer-oriented approach to business. We now are continuing to strengthen our field leadership team with José and Rodolpho, and we congratulate these executives on their new roles.”

SAP is the world’s leading provider of business software, offering applications and services that enable companies of all sizes and in more than 25 industries to become best-run businesses, with more than 47,800 customers in more than 120 countries.

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