SAP announced today that it has admitted Business Objects CEO John Schwarz to the Executive Board, effective March 1, 2008. SAP has also created a new business branch, SAP Business Objects, for Schwarz to lead.
Before his tenure at Business Objects, Schwarz was President and Chief Operating Officer of Symantec Corporation, where he played an integral role in the Symantec and VERITAS merger. Prior to Symantec, Schwarz spent 25 years with IBM in several development, manufacturing, sales and marketing positions.
This event raises the number of SAP Executive Board members to seven, and the number of non-German members to one. Due to this fact, the panel is reminiscent of Shai Agassi’s time with SAP… and if Schwarz does for SAP what Agassi did in his time, we should see leaps of innovation and also keynotes free of sleeping spectators.