Nothing tells our story of diversity and inclusion better than the people of SAP

One of the strongest parts of our culture is the wide range of personal experiences and backgrounds that our employees bring to SAP. Everyone has a unique story to tell about the path they have traveled and the perspective they bring. The stories highlighted here give a sense of what diversity and inclusion mean to us.

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Silvio Bessa

Meet some of the people at SAP

  • “Coming out of hiding” and finding allies at SAP: Moya Watson

    Moya Watson

    When she first joined SAP in Palo Alto more than 10 years ago, Moya was reluctant to talk openly about herself, keeping only a private blog. Since then, she has had a child, lobbied for gay marriage, and found an amazingly supportive community at SAP. Wherever she travels in the world, she says, she now knows people she can count as friends.

  • Balancing professional aspirations with raising two children: Catherine Mbeng

    Catherine Mbeng

    As a senior content manager, Catherine likes knowing that SAP software helps small and mid-sized companies work smarter. She also likes knowing that her two children – aged three and 17 months – are enrolled in SAP daycare, one of the best in her region in Germany. She is able, she says, to “negotiate the predicament that many women have,” as she grows professionally and also spends quality time with her kids.

  • Joining SAP after graduation and deciding to stay: Geoff Gagesch

    Geoff Gagesch

    Geoff Gagesch played competitive ice hockey in his native Canada and is passionate about the intersection of sports and technology. SAP, he has discovered, is on the cutting-edge of this new market. After finishing up our Sales Academy, he was eager to join his team in Montreal, noting that there is enormous opportunity for “my generation” at SAP.

  • Taking inspiration from her mother to chart her own course: Carmen O’Shea

    Carmen O’Shea

    Half Irish and half Spanish, Carmen grew up watching her mother become the first Latina executive at IBM. Going to college on an Air Force scholarship, Carmen learned about “situational awareness,” or the need to understand people’s unique circumstances and motivation. She believes that while diversity is inevitable, embracing it is a choice that benefits us all.

  • Finding balance – and a path to senior vice-president: Uma Rani T M

    Uma Rani T M

    Early in her career at SAP, Uma found herself juggling the demands of work with caring for two young children. She not only survived but thrived, with the help of a flexible schedule, supportive managers, and numerous role models. Today, working out of Bangalore, she is co-lead of our global applications maintenance business and coaches other women in furthering their own careers.

  • Moving across the world and embracing a new culture: Hannes Liebe

    Hannes Liebe

    When the opportunity came up to move to the Middle East, Hannes grabbed it. He is surrounded by people of completely different backgrounds than he encountered in his native Germany. Pushing out of his comfort zone, he says, is exactly what he needs and one of the best parts of working at SAP. He adds that the experience is making him a better manager and even a better person.

  • Stepping into a management role and changing cities: April Crichlow

    April Crichlow

    Originally from Vancouver, Canada, April moved to New York and took on a management role in marketing when her boss shifted positions. SAP has afforded opportunities to grow both personally and professionally, as she expands her skills and experience. The ability to “take the next step” in her career, she says, is not lip service. It is something that her managers have facilitated and helped her make happen.

  • Looking for the right culture fit with female role models: Brigette McInnis-Day

    Brigette McInnis-Day

    During her job search, Brigette often found herself sitting across from men – and joined SAP because she felt a strong cultural fit. Critical to leadership, she says, is putting yourself in other people’s shoes. She describes SAP as a “winning culture with a heart,” and notes that relationships are not only the basis for success, but one of the richest parts of life at SAP.

  • Joining SAP on a student apprenticeship: Nadine Glasstetter

    Nadine Glasstetter

    A university student in business information technology in Germany, Nadine balances her time between working at SAP and attending her classes. Rotating between different roles, she especially values meeting people from so many cultural backgrounds. People at SAP, she notes, speak different languages and are different ages. Diversity, for her, makes coming into work more exciting, interesting and fulfilling.

  • Leading our Diversity Council and seeing diversity as more than a word: Silvio Bessa

    Silvio Bessa

    Born in Brazil, Silvio became one of the first employees in our Brazil office. Later he came to the U.S., where his three children were born. When moving to a new place, Silvio believes in “living the culture.” As a member of the executive leadership team of our Diversity Council, he discovered that diversity means something different to everyone. What’s important is being adaptable and constantly learning.


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