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Jul 17 2008   1:17PM GMT

Kagermann: SAP “too male” but not too German

JackDanahy Jack Danahy Profile: JackDanahy

Henning Kagermann, co-CEO of SAP, had some interesting things to tell Germany’s Die Welt recently. Here are some of his more colorful disclosures:

  • SAP, having added four non-Germans to its Executive Board, no longer considers itself “too German”; however, Kagermann recognizes that the company is “too male.” It remains to be seen if this recognition will result in the appointment of any women to the highest echelons of SAP.
  • Kagermann thinks that SAP should add a senior executive and/or Executive Board member from Asia.
  • SAP will be spending 12% of sales on R&D, down from its current 14%. This will improve SAP’s profitability.
  • Don’t expect SAP to dilute its commitment to its native Germany. SAP plans to maintain its German development resources despite Germany’s shortage of engineers and environment of high wages.

In terms of executive diversity, maybe SAP can take some tips from arch-rival Oracle’s appointments of Charles Phillips and Safra Catz.

Demir Barlas, Site Editor

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