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SAP head of technology steps down

Vishal Sikka, who led SAP's HANA in-memory computing leaving company for personal reasons

SAP head of technology steps down
Sikka led SAP's efforts to develop better database processing to improve performance.

SAP has announced the immediate departure of Dr Vishal Sikka, executive board member, head of technology and innovation, and the leader of SAP's in-memory computing efforts.

Sikka is to leave for personal reasons, amid a reshuffle of the company's Executive and Supervisory boards. He is widely credited for having led SAP's strategy to redevelop database technology towards in-memory computing, and bringing the SAP HANA platform to the market.

Hasso Plattner, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of SAP AG said in a company statement: "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."

SAP will now move two SAP veterans to the Executive Board. Robert Enslin, who is currently the lead for sales and services and SAP's go-to-market teams; and Bernd Leukert, a long-term technology leader for the compay, will assume responsibility for the global development organisation.

Helen Arnold and Stefan Ries have been appointed to the Global Managing Board, to complete what SAP describes as a "next generation leadership team".

Helen Arnold adds company CIO to her role as head of SAP´s internal Business Innovations and Application Services organisation, while Stefan Ries leads lead global human resources.

"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."

"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 SAP 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 opportunity," Plattner added.

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