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Anca-Elena Peter

Global Director Strategic Operations Cyber Defense & Design

Anca-Elena's Story

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Anca-Elena Peter

I have been with SAP for 14 years, starting in the IT Global Quality Department. I grew up in Romania but moved to Germany to follow my now husband. It was actually because of SAP we made the move, as my husband joined SAP first.

In my first role here, security was an underlying topic and had just started to grow in importance, with the first security teams starting to be organized. Then moved into Escalation Management in the Service and Support area for a couple of years, which helped me understand the customer side of our activities and has continuously helped me in putting the customers first and delivering our services accordingly.

I will always remember my first SAP hiring manager – the person was my first coach, mentor and finally became a good friend!

About 7 years ago I decided to return to Security, first in compliance, and then in Strategic Operations, finding my safe-haven here. I consider security be paramount for SAP‘s success in the current IT market, being one of the fundamental pillars of becoming THE Cloud Company.

My current role, as Global Director Strategic Operations Cyber Defense & Design, I am leading the organization’s strategic operations activities, from communications and program management, over governance and customer and partner engagement model, to risk management and budget oversight.

All these activities are part of a global and – furthermore - culturally diverse picture, which is always agile, constantly challenging, and very rewarding on every step of the way.

SAP’s products are touching the lives of billions of people, while Security at SAP means we protect our customers’ core values by ensuring they can have a good night’s sleep knowing that we are watching – this trust is a paramount condition of being THE first!

SAP is my international family, with a great working culture – always open and cooperation-based as well as culturally-sensitive. It also offers numerous career development possibilities in various development areas and at various expert levels – and everything in one place!

To me, success is doing what I like, being surrounded by extraordinary people, being constantly motivated and challenged… and actually being happy! And yes, I am happy at SAP! I enjoy travelling and meeting new people of various cultures – this happens both at work and inmy spare time, the best combination ever!

What advice would I give other people thinking about joining SAP?

Be bold, dare, speak up– it’s worth it!

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