Supervisory Board

The Supervisory Board advises and supervises the Executive Board. The number of members in and the composition of the Supervisory Board are determined by the Articles of Incorporation and the Agreement of the Involvement of the European Employees in SAP SE. SAP's Supervisory Board currently comprises nine members elected by the shareholders at their General Meeting and nine members representing the European employees of the SAP group.

  • Supervisory Board Members
  • Prof. Dr. h.c. mult. Hasso Plattner

    Chairman of the Supervisory Board

    Elected to Supervisory Board: 2003
    Current term expires: 2019

    Member of the following Supervisory Board Committees: General and Compensation Committee (Chairman), Technology and Strategy Committee (Chairman), Nomination Committee (Chairman), Special Committee (Chairman), People and Organization Committee (Chairman)

    Hasso Plattner Prof. Dr. h.c. mult. Hasso Plattner is one of the founders of SAP and has been Chairman of the Supervisory Board since May 2003. In this role and as Chief Software Advisor he concentrates on defining the medium and long-term technology strategy of SAP. He also heads the Technology Committee of the SAP Supervisory Board. In 1972 Hasso Plattner and four colleagues left IBM in order to found SAP (Systems, Applications, Products). When SAP went public in 1988 Hasso was appointed Vice Chairman of the Executive Board. From 1997 to May 2003 he was Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO of SAP. In May 2003 he was elected to the SAP Supervisory Board and took over the chairmanship from co-founder Dietmar Hopp. Hasso received his Master‘s Degree in Communications Engineering from the University of Karlsruhe. In 1990 the University of Saarbruecken awarded him an honorary doctorate and in 1994 he was granted an honorary full professorship. In 1998 he founded the Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI) for IT Systems Engineering at the University of Potsdam with the largest single private contribution to a university ever made in Germany. He is a professor at the HPI for enterprise software systems.

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  • Pekka Ala-Pietilä

    Chairman of the Board of Directors, Solidium Oy, Helsinki, Finland

    Elected to Supervisory Board: 2002
    Current term expires: 2019

    Member of the following Supervisory Board Committees: Technology and Strategy Committee, Nomination Committee, Special Committee

    Pekka Ala-Pietilä Pekka Ala-Pietilä was CEO and co-founder of Blyk Ltd., a mobile media company. Prior to that, he spent over 20 years in Nokia senior management: from 1992 to 1998 as President of Nokia Mobile Phones, and most recently, from 1999 through 2005, as President of Nokia Corporation and Head of Customer Market Operations. Pekka Ala-Pietilä currently serves on the SAP Supervisory Board, and since 2011 he has been the chairman of the Board of Solidium Oy, a state-owned Finnish holding company that is a major shareholder in 12 listed companies. He currently serves also as Chairman of the Board of Huhtamaki Oyj, a global packaging company. He is an honorary member of Ornamo, the Finnish Association of Designers. Pekka Ala-Pietilä read economics at the Helsinki School of Economics and Business Administration. He holds an honorary doctorate of Technology from Tampere and an honorary doctorate of Science from Helsinki. He is also a first class knight of the Order of the White Rose of Finland.

    Other board memberships*:
    • Board of Directors, Pöyry Plc, Vantaa, Finland
    • Chairman of the Board of Directors, CVON Group Limited (UK), London, Great Britain
    • Board of Directors, CVON Limited (UK), London, Great Britain
    • Chairman of the Board of Directors, CVON Innovation Services Oy, Turku, Finland
    • Board of Directors, CVON Future Limited, London, Great Britain
    • Chairman of the Board of Directors, Blyk International Ltd., London, Great Britain
    • Chairman of the Board of Directors, Huhtamäki Oyj, Espoo, Finland
    • Board of Directors, Sanoma Corporation, Helsinki, Finland
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  • Panagiotis Bissiritsas

    Support Expert

    Elected to Supervisory Board: 2007
    Current term expires: 2019

    Member of the following Supervisory Board Committees: Finance and Investment Committee, Audit Committee

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  • Martin Duffek


    Elected to Supervisory Board: 2015
    Current term expires: 2019

    Member of the following Supervisory Board Committees: Audit Committee, People and Organization Committee

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  • Prof. Anja Feldmann, Ph. D.

    Professor at the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Faculty (Chair of Intelligent Networks and Management of Distributed Systems) at the Technische Universität Berlin

    Elected to Supervisory Board: 2012
    Current term expires: 2019

    Member of the following Supervisory Board Committees: Technology and Strategy Committee, People and Organization Committee

    Anja Feldmann Prof. Anja Feldmann, Ph.D., is a professor at the Technische Universität Berlin. Previously, she was a professor in the computer science department at the Technische Universität München and the Universität des Saarlandes. Prior to that, she was a member of the IP Network Measurement and Performance Department at AT&T Labs — Research. Currently Anja Feldmann focuses her research on improving the performance of the Internet. In 2011, she was awarded the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize and the Berliner Wissenschaftspreis (Berlin Science Prize). Anja Feldmann studied computer science at the University of Paderborn and received her degree in 1990. In 1991 she received a Master of Science and in 1995 a Ph.D. in computer science, both from Carnegie Mellon University.

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  • Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Haarmann

    Attorney-at-law, certified public auditor, certified tax advisor
    Partner, Linklaters LLP, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

    Elected to Supervisory Board: 1988
    Current term expires: 2019

    Member of the following Supervisory Board Committees: General and Compensation Committee, Finance and Investment Committee (Chairman), Special Committee, People and Organization Committee

    Wilhelm Haarmann Wilhelm Haarmann is a lawyer, a certified public accountant, a certified tax advisor and since March 1, 2013 partner of the international law firm Linklaters LLP and has his office in Frankfurt am Main. Until the end of February 2013 Wilhelm Haarmann was name partner of HAARMANN Partnerschaftsgesellschaft, which he founded together with other partners in the beginning of 2006. He mainly advises on tax law, company law as well as on corporate transactions (M&A, private equity), and he is active as arbitrator in arbitration proceedings. Wilhelm Haarmann is a member of the SAP Supervisory Board. He is chairman of the tax committee of the Institute of Public Auditors in Germany (IDW) and a member of the Executive Board of the International Fiscal Association’s German section. From 2005 until 2009 he was a member of the Executive Board of the German Private Equity and Venture Capital Association. Furthermore, he was 15 years long a member of the World Economic Forum (until 2007). Before founding HAARMANN Partnerschaftsgesellschaft, he was partner at Haarmann, Hemmelrath & Partner, which he co-founded in 1987. Before the firm was founded he was working for Arthur Young & Co. in Frankfurt (1977 - 1979) and for Peat Marwick Mitchell & Co. in Munich (1979 - 1987, since 1983 as partner). Wilhelm Haarmann is honorary professor for tax law at the University of Bamberg. He studied law and economics at the Universities of Münster and Freiburg. From 1974-1976 he was a trainee lawyer at Bielefeld and 1979 he did his doctors degree at the University Münster.

    Other board memberships*:
    Supervisory Board, Celesio AG, Stuttgart, Germany
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  • Andreas Hahn


    Elected to Supervisory Board: 2015
    Current term expires: 2019

    Member of the following Supervisory Board Committees: General and Compensation Committee, Technology and Strategy Committee

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  • Margret Klein-Magar

    Vice President, Head of SAP Alumni Relations
    Chairperson of the Spokespersons’ Committee of Senior Managers of SAP SE

    Elected to Supervisory Board: 2012
    Current term expires: 2019

    Member of the following Supervisory Board Committees: General and Compensation Committee, Finance and Investment Committee, Technology and Strategy Committee

    Margret Klein-Magar.jpg Margret Klein-Magar drives transformation as a human resources vice president at SAP SE. She joined SAP in 1991, working on technology platform development and in service and support. From 2000 to 2007, she headed a global product management organization in the technology platform field. After that, she drove change management and transformation in SAP development until the end of 2011. Ms. Klein-Magar has also chaired the committee of senior management spokespersons at SAP SE since 2007. She studied Information Science, Sociology, and Social Psychology at the University of the Saarland, which admitted her to the degree of Magistra Artium in 1991.

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  • Lars Lamadé

    Head of Customer & Events GSS COO
    Managing Director, Rhein-Neckar-Löwen GmbH, Kronau, Germany

    Elected to Supervisory Board: 2002
    Current term expires: 2019

    Member of the following Supervisory Board Committees: General and Compensation Committee, Special Committee, People and Organization Committee

    Lars Lamadé Lars Lamadé began his career at SAP after passing his university-admission exams in 1990. From 1991 through 1994, he studied business administration - specializing in business information technology - at the University of Cooperative Education (Duale Hochschule) in Mannheim, Germany, in cooperation with SAP AG. Following his graduation, Lars was able to gather valuable experience in a variety of areas: Between 1994 and 1998, he worked in product marketing for R/3 PM, industry marketing for utilities and telecommunications, marketing communication for the European subsidiaries, and executive marketing. Between 1999 and 2001, he was responsible for supporting the Marketing and Business Development departments in the Global Partner Program, working closely with - among others - HP and Compaq. In 2002, Lars was elected as an employee representative on the Supervisory Board, a position that he has held for the last ten years. In 2003, he transferred to HR, where he was responsible for graduate recruitment and where his duties included organizing events for graduate applicants to SAP. Since 2004, he has worked as a project manager in the OPD Operations Office. His main duties include managing sponsoring activities and employee motivation programs, as well as organizing and conducting a variety of events and projects.

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  • Bernard Liautaud

    General Partner Balderton Capital, London, Great Britain

    Elected to Supervisory Board: 2008
    Current term expires: 2019

    Member of the following Supervisory Board Committees: General and Compensation Committee, Technology and Strategy Committee, Nomination Committee

    Bernard Liautaud Bernard Liautaud is general partner at Balderton Capital, a premier venture capital firm in Europe managing $2.3billion in committee capital and is located in London. Bernard founded Business Objects in 1990 and was CEO for 15 years, then served as Chairman until January 2008. With 6,700 employees, 45,000 customers and $1.5 billion of revenue in 2007, Business Objects was the world leader in Business Intelligence and one of the 15 largest software companies in the world. Business Objects was the first European software IPO on Nasdaq in 1994. In January 2008, Business Objects was acquired by SAP for $6.8 billion, making it the third largest software acquisition at the time. Bernard is a member of the SAP Supervisory Board and its strategy committee.He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Stanford University.. Bernard Liautaud is the author of the book “e-Business Intelligence: Turning Information Into Knowledge Into Profit”. He is a member of the Board of Fondation MSF (Doctors without Borders), which won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1999. He has received a number of distinctions including “Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur” in 2007 in France, “Time Magazine Europe‘s” Digital Top 25 and “BusinessWeek” Stars of Europe of 2002, Top 10 CEOs in North America by “Chief Executive Magazine” in 2001. Education: Diplôme d‘Ingénieur, Ecole Centrale de Paris, and Master of Science, Engineering Management, Stanford University.

    Other board memberships*:
    • Board of Directors, nlyte Software Ltd., London, Great Britain
    • Board of Directors, Talend SA, Suresnes, France
    • Board of Directors, Wonga (UK) Ltd., London, Great Britain
    • Board of Directors, SCYTL Secure Electronic Voting SA, Barcelona Spain
    • Board of Directors, Vestiaire Collective SA, Levallois-Perret, France
    • Board of Directors, Dashlane, Inc., New York, New York, United States
    • Board of Directors, Recorded Future, Inc., Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
    • Board of Directors, eWise Group, Inc., Redwood City, California, United States
    • Board of Directors, Qubit Digital Ltd., London, UK
    • Board of Trustees, Stanford University, California, United States
    • Board of Directors, Citymapper Ltd, London, UK
    • Board of Directors, Sunrise Atelier, Inc., New York, New York, United States
    • Board of Directors, Opbeat, Inc., San Francisco, California, United States
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  • Christine Regitz


    Elected to Supervisory Board: 2015
    Current term expires: 2019

    Member of the following Supervisory Board Committees: Technology and Strategy Committee (Vice Chairperson), People and Organization Committee

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  • Dr. Erhard Schipporeit

    Independent Management Consultant

    Elected to Supervisory Board: 2005
    Current term expires: 2019

    Member of the following Supervisory Board Committees: Audit Committee (Chairman), Special Committee

    Erhard Schipporeit Dr. Erhard Schipporeit is an independant management consultant. He is a non-executive director with TUI Travel PLC, and is a member of a number of supervisory boards, including that of SAP SE, Deutsche Börse AG, Talanx AG, BDO AG, and Hanover Rueckversicherung AG. He started his career in 1979 in the Bosch Group and in 1981 he joined VARTA AG/VARTA Battery AG, at that time a leading European battery company, where he became Chief Financial Officer in 1990 and Chief Executive and Chairman of the Executive Board in 1993. After the successful restructuring of VARTA the next move in his career brought him to the Munich-based conglomerate company VIAG AG as CFO. VIAG merged in 2000 with VEBA AG to form the new E.ON AG, one of the world‘s leading utility companies, where he became member of the Executive Board and CFO from 2000 to 2006. Dr. Schipporeit has a Ph.D in Business Administration from the University of Göttingen.

    Other board memberships*:
    • Supervisory Board, Talanx AG, Hanover, Germany
    • Supervisory Board, Deutsche Börse AG, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
    • Supervisory Board, HDI V.a.G., Hanover, Germany
    • Supervisory Board, Hannover Rückversicherung SE, Hanover, Germany
    • Supervisory Board, Fuchs Petrolub SE, Mannheim, Germany
    • Board of Directors, Fidelity Funds SICAV, Luxemburg
    • Supervisory Board, BDO AG, Hamburg, Germany
    • Board of Directors, Rocket Internet AG, Berlin, Germany
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  • Robert Schuschnig-Fowler


    Elected to Supervisory Board: 2015
    Current term expires: 2019

    Member of the following Supervisory Board Committee: People and Organization Committee

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  • Dr. Sebastian Sick


    Elected to Supervisory Board: 2015
    Current term expires: 2019

    Member of the following Supervisory Board Committees: General and Compensation Committee, Finance and Investment Committee, Special Committee

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  • Jim Hagemann Snabe

    Supervisory Board Member

    Elected to Supervisory Board: 2014
    Current term expires: 2019

    Member of the following Supervisory Board Committees: General and Compensation Committee, Finance and Investment Committee

    Jim Hagemann Snabe Jim Hagemann Snabe joined SAP in 1990 and was co-CEO of SAP between February 2010 and May 2014. He was a member of the SAP Executive Board between July 2008 and May 2014. Since 1990, he has held various management roles in consulting, sales, and development. In 2002, he was asked to join the company’s global development unit to bring product development efforts closer to the market. In this capacity, and as a member of the SAP Executive Board and Global Managing Board, Snabe focused on developing and executing SAP's strategy, together with Bill McDermott. The co-CEOs strengthened relationships with customers and partners, drove SAP's innovation portfolio across all markets, and ensured operational excellence across the company. Snabe's views about the role which leaders and IT need to play in creating sustainable growth and responsible business strategies have been strongly shaped by his commitment to environmental and humanitarian issues. Snabe received a master's degree in operational research from the Aarhus School of Business in Denmark. He lives with his family in Copenhagen, Denmark.

    Other board memberships*:
    • Board of Directors, Bang & Olufsen A/S, Struer, Denmark
    • Board of Directors, Danske Bank A/S, Copenhagen, Denmark
    • Supervisory Board, Allianz SE, Munich, Germany
    • Supervisory Board, Siemens AG, Munich, Germany
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  • Pierre Thiollet


    Elected to Supervisory Board: 2015
    Current term expires: 2019

    Member of the following Supervisory Board Committee: Technology and Strategy Committee

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  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr.-Ing. E.h. Klaus Wucherer

    Managing Director of Dr. Klaus Wucherer Innovations- und Technologieberatung GmbH, Erlangen, Germany

    Elected to Supervisory Board: 2007
    Current term expires: 2019

    Member of the following Supervisory Board Committee: Audit Committee

    Klaus Wucherer Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr.-Ing E. h. Klaus Wucherer is the President of the International Electrotechnical Commission, Geneva, Switzerland. He is also managing director of the Dr. Klaus Wucherer Innovations and Technologieberatung GmbH consultancy. He is also a member of the SAP Supervisory Board, as well as the supervisory boards of Leoni AG, Dürr AG and Heitec AG. From 1999 through 2007 he was a member of the Corporate Executive Committee of Siemens AG. Prior to joining the Siemens Corporate Executive Committee, he held many positions within the company including serving as president of the Automation and Drives Group, and serving as head of several subdivisions and divisions. He started his career at Siemens in 1970 as a project engineer. Klaus Wucherer studied electrical engineering and mechanical engineering and received a doctorate in engineering. He is an honorary professor at the Technical University of Chemnitz, Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences and Tongji University in Shanghai, China. Klaus Wucherer is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of IPK-Berlin. He has received several distinctions including an honorary doctorate of engineering from the University of Erlangen- Nürnberg and the Nicolau Award from the International Academy for Production Engineering.

    Other board memberships*:
    • Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board, HEITEC AG, Erlangen, Germany
    • Supervisory Board Dürr AG, Bietigheim-Bissingen, Germany
    • Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board, LEONI AG, Nürnberg, Germany
    • Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Festo AG & Co. KG, Esslingen, Germany
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  • Supervisory Board Committees
  • The SAP Supervisory Board has appointed committees to prepare its deliberations and implement resolutions – a measure allowed by the law.

  • General and Compensation Committee

    The General and Compensation Committee coordinates the work of the Supervisory Board and prepares the meetings of the Supervisory Board. Also, the Committee carries out the preparatory work necessary for the personnel decisions made by the Supervisory Board, e.g. remuneration as well as conclusion of, amendments to, and termination of Executive Board members' work contracts. Further, the General Committee handles matters concerning Corporate Governance.

    Members:

    - Prof. Dr. Hasso Plattner (Chairman)
    - Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Haarmann
    - Andreas Hahn
    - Lars Lamade
    - Bernard Liautaud
    - Margret Klein-Magar
    - Dr. Sebastian Sick
    - Jim Hagemann Snabe

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  • Audit Committee

    The Audit Committee handles matters concerning the financial statements and the auditing of the Group accounts.

    Members:

    - Dr. Erhard Schipporeit (Chairman)
    - Panagiotis Bissiritsas
    - Martin Duffek
    - Prof. Dr. Klaus Wucherer

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  • Finance and Investment Committee

    The Finance and Investment Committee is responsible for matters related to financing as well as for strategic and venture capital investments.

    Members:

    - Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Haarmann (Chairman)
    - Panagiotis Bissiritsas
    - Margret Klein-Magar
    - Dr. Sebastian Sick
    - Jim Hagemann Snabe

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  • Technology and Strategy Committee

    The Technology and Strategy Committee observes the latest technological developments and advises the Supervisory Board, especially when decisions require detailed technological knowledge.

    Members:

    - Prof. Dr. Hasso Plattner (Chairman)
    - Christine Regitz (Vice Chairperson)
    - Pekka Ala-Pietilä
    - Prof. Anja Feldmann
    - Andreas Hahn
    - Margret Klein-Magar
    - Bernard Liautaud
    - Pierre Thiollet

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  • Nomination Committee

    In accordance with a recommendation in the German Corporate Governance Code, SAP has a Nomination Committee. The purpose of the Nomination Committee is to propose suitable candidates for the Supervisory Board to recommend when the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders elects Supervisory Board members. The membership of the Nomination Committee is drawn entirely from among the shareholder-elected Supervisory Board members.

    Members:

    - Prof. Dr. Hasso Plattner (Chairman)
    - Pekka Ala-Pietilä
    - Bernard Liautaud

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  • Special Committee

    The Special Committee deliberates on matters arising from extraordinary and considerable risks, such as litigations that are of some significance. It meets as and when matters are referred to it.

    Members:

    - Prof. Dr. Hasso Plattner (Chairman)
    - Pekka Ala-Pietilä
    - Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Haarmann
    - Lars Lamadé
    - Dr. Erhard Schipporeit
    - Dr. Sebastian Sick

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  • People and Organization Committee

    The People and Organization Committee deliberates on key personnel matters and major organizational changes below Executive Board and Global Managing Board level; it also deliberates on equal opportunities for women at SAP. The Committee only advises the Executive and Supervisory Board on these matters. The Committee members are the Supervisory Board chairperson and seven other members of the Supervisory Board.

    Members:

    - Prof. Dr. Hasso Plattner (Chairman)
    - Martin Duffek
    - Prof. Anja Feldmann
    - Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Haarmann
    - Lars Lamadé
    - Christine Regitz
    - Robert Schuschnig-Fowler

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*As of May 2015