Meet the SAP Africa Executive Team

Get to know the leaders of SAP and how they will make sure the company continues to help companies do what they do best – only better.

  • Pfungwa Serima

    Chairman, SAP Africa

    Pfungwa Serima

    Pfungwa Serima, has been promoted to the role Chairman of SAP Africa in July 2015.08.17

    Serima’s new role will see him take on increased responsibility for the strategic direction of SAP’s business in Africa. He will focus on a number of initiatives critical to SAP Africa’s success, including the direction of SAP head office’s investment plan in Africa, the development of SAP’s focus industries across the continent and the ensuring of scalableand sustainable growth in emerging markets in Africa.Strengthening relationships with African governments and international financial institutions investing in Africa will also form part of Serima’s new portfolio. In this role, Serima remains close to the day-to-day business as Head of the SAP Africa Executive Committee. He additionally will now also chair the SAP Africa Advisory Channel Council.

    From 2004 to June 2008, Pfungwa worked at Microsoft, where he started as Director: Services Group and then assumed the Managing Director role in June 2006. While at Microsoft, Pfungwa was leading Microsoft’s South Africa business operations.

    Before joining Microsoft, Serima was CEO of Accenture Technology Solutions and Accenture Technology Infrastructure Services, and his primary focus was to create end-to-end set of IT Infrastructure managed services.

    Serima has a degree in Business Studies and Computing Science and has more than 18 years of working experience that cuts across both public and private sector organizations.

    His hobbies are golf, football, rugby and spending time with his family.


  • Brett Parker

    MD of Africa

    Brett Parker

    Brett Parker has been appointed as Managing Director for SAP Africa in July 2015. As the new Managing Director of SAP Africa, Parker takes on operational responsibility for the company in Africa, with particular emphasis placed on delivering innovation to SAP customers and partners. All regional Managing Directors of the SAP Africa team, as well as the other members the Africa Leadership Team, will report to Parker. Brett is also a member of the SAP Africa Board of Directors.

    Brett has been involved in the Technology sector for over 20 years and he has held Corporate Leadership positions in this industry for the past 18 years. He also has experience in Enterprise Sales, SME and Indirect Channel business. Brett has worked mostly in Africa, however has held 2 Vice President position's across Europe in both Mature and Emerging markets.

    Brett started his career at Sybase SA as an Account Executive; later progressing to the position of Sales Director. In 1999 Brett joined Microsoft SA as the Enterprise and Partner Group Sales Manager, a position he held for 2 years before being promoted to serve on the local Board of Directors as the Enterprise and Partner Group Director. During his time at Microsoft he was part of the Executive Potential Programme and worked on several global initiatives and projects.

    Brett joined SAP in late 2004 to start the SME business in Africa. After 18 months he was appointed as the VP for Territory Sales in EMEA and went on to lead the Eco-System and Channel organisation in Emerging markets for SAP EMEA.

    Brett’s specialities include Corporate and Sales Leadership and Channel and Ecosystem business models. He has extensive knowledge and experience in technology, along with a B-Comm and several other certifications related to IT and business roles. He is passionate about Horse Racing and enjoys all types of sport.


  • Mehmood Khan

    COO SAP Africa

    Mehmood Khan

    The role of Chief Operating Officer was a natural progression for Mehmood to assume the leadership of strategic operations that will continue to build the SAP brand as the top ICT provider across the African continent.

    As the Chief Operating Officer Mehmood communicates a clear vision of the future, motivates through inspiration, mobilises teams and actively establishes relationships characterised by mutual respect and trust.

    In his previous roles as Services Director SAP MENA and SAP Africa, Mehmood supported the successful deployment and operation of SAP customer’s systems solutions. He ensured SAP Services delivered the best Business Consulting, Technical Consulting, Solution Implementation, Custom Development and Education Services. He was responsible for all aspects of leadership, positioning, sales, delivery, revenue growth and profitability of the SAP Services business.

    As SAP Africa Value Engineer Lead, Mehmood helped customers develop practical implementation plans and business cases for IT transformation working with blue chip South African companies to structure multi-million rand investments in SAP.

    In his role as IT Strategy Manager at PwC, Mehmood led engagements with South African companies to create IT strategies, specialising in M&A and restructuring initiatives.

    Mehmood has a BSc Applied Mathematics from the University of Witwatersrand and an MBA INSEAD (France)

    In his spare time Mehmood enjoys spending time with his family and watching and playing cricket.

  • Deena Pillay

    CFO, SAP Africa

    Deena Pillay

    Deena is a Chartered Accountant with over 14 years of experience in the ICT sector. As the CFO, Deena focuses on supporting and guiding the SAP leadership in the Africa market. He has both a practical and proactive approach to business which makes him a dynamic and dependable leader.

    Deena first joined SAP Africa in 2000 in a senior financial position until 2006, thereafter he joined US telecom company, Verizon which was later purchased by MTN. Prior to 2000, Deena cut his teeth at the coalface of the Transnet Group where he played an integral role in corporate finance for 8 years.

    Deena re-joined SAP Africa in 2012 as Chief Financial Officer.

    He enjoys travelling and spending time with his family.

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