SAP Leadership

Stefan Ries

Stefan Ries

Stefan Ries, Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO), is a member of the Global Managing Board of SAP SE with global responsibility for Human Resources. Ries was appointed to the Global Managing Board of SAP SE in May 2014.

After his university degree, Stefan started his career as HR Manager at Microsoft in Germany overseeing also Austria, Switzerland, and East European countries. In 1994 he took on the lead for the HR function for Compaq Computer Europe, Middle East and Africa, based in Munich. Following various company acquisitions and integration efforts, Stefan was in charge of the entire HR function and one of the three Managing Directors after the Integration of Digital Equipment of Compaq Computer Germany.

Stefan joined SAP from 2002 to 2010 and was responsible for various HR functions, running global projects such as organization design, organization structure, organization development, and the implementation thereof. Before returning to SAP in 2014, he worked as consultant with Egon Zehnder International and was a member of the global High Technologies/Information Technologies Practice Group, overseeing local and international projects to recruit, assess, and select top management talents.

Stefan holds a master’s degree in business economics from the University of Constance, Germany, and attended a number of senior management education programs including INSEAD and Harvard Business School.