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Bill McDermott is CEO and a member of the Executive Board of SAP, the world’s business software market leader with more than 263,000 customers in 188 countries.
McDermott leads the company’s 68,800 employees and more than two-million-person ecosystem in executing SAP’s vision and strategy to make the world run better and improve people’s lives.
Under Bill’s leadership, SAP unveiled a strategy to help businesses of all sizes simplify everything. His unrivaled focus on delivering a beautiful user experience and has built the industry’s most comprehensive portfolio of solutions in the SAP Cloud powered by SAP HANA.
A champion of customer centricity, Bill and former Co-CEO credited with leading the reinvention of SAP in the era of mobility, cloud computing, advanced analytics, next-generation business applications and in-memory technology.
His innovation-led strategy has resulted in expansive increases in customers, total revenue, market value and profitable growth. With a 99% approval rating from employees, Bill ranked #2 on Glassdoor listing of the world’s top 50 CEO.
Bill has more than three decades of experience in business technology.
Before joining SAP he served in senior executive roles with Siebel Systems and Gartner. He launched his business career at Xerox Corporation, where he rose to become the company’s youngest corporate officer and division president.
A frequent speaker on leadership topics, he was a 2014 keynote speaker at Leadercast, a movement focused on building leaders worth following.
Bill serves on the boards of directors of Under Armour and ANSYS.
He regularly contributes content to major international publications on topics ranging from innovation to the future of business.
Bill received his bachelor’s degree from Dowling College and his Master of Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
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