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.

  • Andrew Waititu

    Managing Director, SAP Eastern Africa

    Andrew Waititu

    Andrew Waititu is the Managing Director for SAP in Eastern Africa. He was born and raised in Kenya and developed an interest for Information Technology while attending a part time basic IT course during his gap year.  He went on to create a career out of it and graduated from the University of Liverpool with a Masters in Computer Science.

    Andrew has been involved in the Middle East and African ICT sector for over 18 years in various capacities in IBM, Microsoft and SAP. Andrew joined SAP in 2010.

    Andrew is responsible for business development in East Africa, where he ensures that SAP’s expansion strategy is aligned with the region’s broader development plans while strengthening SAP’s presence in this growing market.

    He is passionate about technology, and believes that technology based intellectual property will form one of the major pillars in drawing Africa into the 21st Century, breaking away from the shackles of low value exports from the continent.

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  • Antonia Stafford Ashton

    Vice-President Communications SAP Africa

    Antonia Stafford Ashton

    Antonia Ashton is a seasoned communications professional with over 20 years of international experience in various communications disciplines, including: communications strategy; reputation management; media relations; executive thought leadership; employee and crisis communications; corporate social responsibility communications; communications content creation; copy editing; speech writing and project management. Antonia has been with SAP, global market leader in enterprise software, since 2002. Her recent roles include global Head of Communications Strategy, global Head of Employee Communications, global Head of Corporate Social Responsibility and more recently, VP Communications for Africa after her decision to move back to South Africa after 15 years in the UK and Europe.

    Prior to joining SAP, Antonia worked in a variety of communications-related roles including the running of Ashton Public Relations, a boutique public relations agency in London that focused on creative consumer products media relations.

    Antonia is passionate about helping corporations and business leaders define their unique value proposition and develop communications tools and programmes that effectively bolster reputation with all relevant stakeholders.

    Antonia is fluent in four languages and was born in London. She was raised in South Africa before spending a decade and a half in France, the United Kingdom and Germany. She graduated from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa with academic honours in English Literature and French.

    Professional affiliations include:

    • World Childhood Foundation, board member of the Germany Chapter
    • Neuro-linguistic aspects of Business Communications and Negotiation, Research Project Manager
    • Women in Leadership in the Information Society, Member
    • Public Relations, Corporate and Media Professionals from around the World, Member
    • African Association of Communication Directors, Member
    • European Association of Communications Directors, Member

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  • Brett Parker

    MD of SADC

    Brett Parker

    Brett was appointed Head of Strategic Industries for SAP Africa in January 2015. In this role he leads the new Strategic Industries Unit which comprises Energy and Natural Resources, Financial Services and Telco across Africa.

    As the Managing Director for SAP Southern Africa since January 2012, Brett is responsible for South Africa and SADC countries, including Portuguese African countries and the Indian Ocean Islands region.

    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.

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  • Clas Neumann

    Senior Vice President, Head of Global SAP Labs Network, Head of Fast Growth Market Strategy Group

    Clas Neumann

    Appointed in October 2013 as the Head of Fast Growth Markets (FGM) Organization, Neumann is leading the orchestration of investments and cross-organization strategy to grow SAP’s business in fast growing geographies such as China, the Middle East and Russia. Neumann is also continuing to lead the Global SAP Labs Network (SLN). Under his leadership, the SLN has grown significantly and has successfully integrated into the network of many research and development locations of SAP acquired companies. Today, SAP Labs is ranked among the best employers in most countries and has transformed its business to support global, innovative product development and local field operations alike.

    Neumann’s strategically-integrated role supports two important SAP objectives: Enabling the FGM team to directly tap the innovations by more than 8,000 FGM Labs developers worldwide, and driving the SAP Labs Network to focus on growth in BRIC countries.

    Part of SAP’s Senior Executive Team, Neumann’s experience includes an 18-year SAP career in the fast growth markets, with more than 13 years in India and China, where he was instrumental in SAP’s entry into China. Neumann has led the Global SAP Labs Network for nearly five years. Prior to this, he was the President of SAP Labs India and held in addition the responsibility as Senior Vice President in Software Development with engineering teams in China, Germany and India. He helped establish this largest research & development Hub of SAP outside of Germany in Bangalore by growing it constantly to its current strength of 4,000 engineers, responsible for various products and solutions of SAP.

    Neumann is recognized for his business achievements in Asia, evident through his many invitations to join high-level business circles and associations. At present, he serves as a spokesperson in the Asia Pacific Association of German Industries (APA), a board member in the East Asian Association (OAV) and a member of the Indo-German advisory council of the Prime Minister of India and the German Chancellor. Furthermore he co-authored several books and articles on innovation and business practice in emerging markets.

    Neumann holds a Diploma of the University of Applied Science in Ludwigshafen and a MBA degree from INSEAD, Fontainbleau and Singapore. He lives with his wife and three children in Shanghai, China.

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  • 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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  • Gilles Leprêtre

    Managing Director French Speaking Africa

    Gilles Leprêtre

    Gilles Leprêtre is the MD for all French-speaking Africa countries. In his role Gilles leads the newly created French African territory which is a merging of West African French-speaking countries and the French-speaking Maghreb countries which were previously managed by the French MU. Gilles is based at the SAP Casablanca headquarters.

    Gilles joined SAP France in 2006 as head of SME and in 2009 he took over the Retail, Consumer and Wholesales sectors for large accounts. He was then promoted in 2011 to BA Director and member of the French Executive Committee in charge of the following sectors: Retail, Consumer, Discrete Industries, Public Sector, Professional Services as well as Regional Business. Gilles managed his territories with great success and championed the signing of two major deals for SAP France, namely CMA-CGM and Oxylane

    Prior to SAP, Gilles worked for JD Edwards and he was member of the French Peoplesoft Executive Committee.

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  • Kudzai Danha

    Managing Director SAP West Africa

    Kudzai Danha

    Kudzai has been leading the Public Sector team in South Africa since 2012. He joined SAP from Microsoft in 2010 as a Senior Account Executive looking after Key Accounts in the State Owned Enterprises in South Africa, notably Eskom and Transnet. He spent 7 years at Microsoft in various Sales roles and then as Sales Manager for Corporate Accounts in the SMB business. He has driven some strategic deals at SAP over his tenure and is passionate about solving customers’ problems through innovation.

    He holds a BSc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Zimbabwe and is currently studying for a MSc in Sales Leadership Transformation through SAP’s GCO University in collaboration with Middlesex University .

    He is married with 3 children and enjoys spending time with family, reading, travelling and sport

    In his own words: “I am excited about the move to West Africa and believe SAP has a great opportunity to transform our West Africa customers business through our Run Simple strategy. I am looking forward to be in the trenches with the great, passionate people of West Africa!”

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  • Manoj Bhoola

    Director Innovations: Database and Technology

    Manoj Bhoola

    Industry veteran, Manoj Bhoola joined SAP Africa in May 2014 as Head of Database and Technology, where he immediately commenced spearheading the drive to enhance customer success across Africa.

    Excellence in execution and simplifying complexity are two of Manoj’s underlying passions. His wealth of knowledge and unbridled experience comes from 25 years’ in leadership roles across the entire spectrum of the IT industry: networking at Novell, software at Microsoft, hardware at Hewlett-Packard, consulting at Avanade, mobility at Samsung and now heading up innovation at SAP Africa.

    Manoj was schooled at Michaelhouse in the Natal midlands and studied Computer Science at the University of Durban-Westville. He completed his MDP at the Kellogg School of Management in the US. He has completed numerous international business courses and has a passion for topics on Leadership. He is often invited as a guest speaker at business schools and technology institutions. He is an avid consumer of IT publications and contributor to the local press on IT trends, technology and gadgets. He is on the advisory board of IT News Africa Innovation Dinner.

    Manoj has travelled extensively, and loves connecting with people of diverse cultures and backgrounds. Manoj is a devoted husband and father of three children and spends any spare time with his family.

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  • Martin Stork

    Vice President, Africa Growth Plan, fast Growth Market Strategy Group

    Martin Stork

    Appointed in June 2013 as the Africa Growth Plan, Stork is leading the orchestration of investments and cross-organization strategy to grow SAP’s business on the African continent. The goal is to establish the African region as one of the company’s top-five growth markets globally.

    Stork strategically-integrated role supports the key SAP growth objective in Fast Growth Markets: driving growth in core countries through game changing innovations for the African Market.

    Stork joined SAP in 2011 as senior director of the corporate strategy group cross-functional teams in strategic projects to drive growth in fast growth markets (China), key industries (Public Sector) and line of business solutions (Finance, CRM).

    He started his IT career in São Paulo, Brazil in 1998 as a business development manager for a leading system integrator focusing on key accounts in the automotive sector. Since then Stork executed high-impact strategy projects on top executive level in the IT industry in mature (Germany, Switzerland) as well as fast growing markets (Brazil, Argentina, China)

    He holds a Master of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich in international political economy. He commutes between Johannesburg, South Africa and Walldorf, GermanyBrett was appointed Head of Strategic Industries for SAP Africa in January 2015. In this role he leads the new Strategic Industries Unit which comprises Energy and Natural Resources, Financial Services and Telco across Africa.

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  • 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.

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  • Merlin Knott

    Director Business Analytics SAP Africa

    Merlin Knott

    Merlin has eighteen years of experience in the ICT industry, focused primarily on consulting and software. During this time, Merlin has had the opportunity to advise and support the efforts of a number of leading regional and multinational companies in their Business Analytics endeavours. Merlin holds a BSC in Biochemistry & PDM from the University of Witwatersrand.

    Merlin began his career in 1996 as a systems consultant focusing on ERP software delivery in sub-Saharan Africa. Subsequently, he held several senior management roles at Softline, Ke’ Concepts and Ontogeny IT. In 2006 Merlin moved to MicroStrategy and helped to establish it as a leading Business Intelligence player in the South African market in less than four years. Prior to joining SAP, Merlin held the position of Vice President (Middle East & Africa) for CURA where he managed several Global Enterprise clients including a number of Fortune 500 companies with the successful implementation of Governance, Risk and Compliance solution.

    At SAP, Merlin leads a world class Business Analytics and Technology capability on the African continent. The SAP team provides consistent, integrated solutions that are portable and interoperable, making them the ideal foundation for optimising business performance in any business. The SAP BusinessObjects portfolio includes: business intelligence; enterprise information management; enterprise performance management; and governance, risk and compliance.

    In his personal time, he enjoys fly fishing, basketball and spending time with his family.

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  • Michael Pittelkow

    Vice President, Public Services, SAP EMEA

    Michael Pittelkow

    Michael Pittelkow has spent his entire professional career working in and for public services. In 1985 he started as a civil servant in local and later in state government and since 1991 worked as both business consultant and solution consultant in governmental transformation projects of all sizes.

    Since April 1st, 2015 Michael holds the position of General Manager Public Services Africa. Prior to that he has headed SAP’s EMEA Industry Value Engineering team for Public Services, being responsible for SAP’s respective value proposition across the EMEA region which used to cover Europe (including entire Russia), the Middle East, parts of Central Asia and Africa and in 2010 also India. Since 2013 SAP’s EMEA region encompasses The Nordics, UKI, Netherlands, France, Belgium, Luxemburg, the Mediterranean area and IBERIA, Africa and the Middle East. Michael’s business scopes covers State, Regional and Local Governments, Healthcare, Defence and Education entities.

    Prior to that Michael used to run the SAP Value Engineering team for Public Services in EMEA – an organization that was introduced to help customers identify the business value that SAP can bring to their specific situation and needs. One major achievement has been the implementation of the “Public Return on Investment-Concept” that allows to describe the business value in the specific Public Sector context.

    In his time before SAP, he worked as Business Consultant for Public Services with geographical focus on Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Michael was part of various Business Process Reengineering and IT-implementation projects as well as New Public Management and Strategic Advisory Projects. Michael also gained deep inside experience in IT PPP-Projects.

    Michael holds a Diploma in Public Administration from University of Applied Science for Public Administration, Lower-Saxony, Germany.

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  • Pfungwa Serima

    CEO, SAP Africa

    Pfungwa Serima

    Pfungwa was appointed President SAP Africa in July 2008. In this role Pfungwa oversees SAP’s business interests in Sub Saharan Africa.

    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.

    Prior to assuming the Managing Director role, Serima served as services director, and he established programmes that directly addressed customer, partner and national needs in South Africa. In line with his passion for skills development, his role included establishing and managing the first Microsoft Graduate Academy, an initiative which aims to develop IT skills in South Africa on a large scale.

    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.

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  • Simon Carpenter

    Chief Customer Officer SAP Africa

    Simon Carpenter

    Simon has over 30 years of wide-ranging experience in the IT sector. The last 18 years have been with market-leader SAP’s African business where he has held a number of leadership positions. In the course of his career with SAP, Simon has contributed to the company’s growth across Africa by, inter alia:

    • Launching solutions such as BW, CRM, SCM and NetWeaver into the market
    • Founding and incubating services and concepts such as Customer Lifecycle Management, Value

    Engineering, Business Transformation Services and the SAP Reseller Channel

    • Leading SAP’s Industry and Presales communit
    • Leading the Marketing and Customer Service functions
    • Leading the Africa Business Analytics team
    • Leading the Premier Customer Network

    Simon is currently the Chief Customer Officer responsible for:

    • Ensuring that SAP is leading the Innovation and Thought leadership charge for SAP in the African market.
    • Ensuring that SAP customers are deriving value from their SAP investments
    • Providing direction to SAP’s customers and partners on emerging business and technology issues such as Business Network Transformation, Mobility, Cloud Computing and Business Process Management.

    Simon has worked predominantly in the area of operations and logistics solutions ranging from on-board computing in transport; to large-scale enterprise systems. He has broad experience having worked in sales, marketing, support management, project management, and consulting and systems development. He thus has good insight into the soft issues (such as change management) that must be addressed for any technological initiative to be successful.

    Simon has spoken at numerous local and international conferences and Universities on a wide range of topics and is a previous Best Speaker award winner at the SAPICS conference

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