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Christian Klein

Chief Operating Officer

Christian Klein biography

Christian Klein is Chief Operating Officer and a Member of the Executive Board of SAP SE. Leading the Intelligent Enterprise Group, Klein combines his global responsibility for the development and delivery of SAP’s core applications with his cross-board area mandate for SAP’s global business operations.

Klein’s Intelligent Enterprise Group drives SAP’s digital core development functions and product management, including SAP’s flagship product SAP S/4HANA and SAP Digital Supply Chain, and manages SAP’s rich industry-specific portfolio. Klein’s organization is also responsible for making SAP an Intelligent Enterprise by focusing on business process simplification, global IT and cloud infrastructure, product and services quality, portfolio and investment strategy, intelligent data and analytics, and value achievement through digital innovation adoption to the benefit of both customers and employees.

Klein started his career at SAP in 1999 as a student. He held various positions in Active Global Support Operations, Services Operations, and Global Controlling, and served as Chief Financial Officer of SuccessFactors (2011-2012). In 2014, he was appointed Chief Controlling Officer and on April 1, 2016, he was also named Chief Operating Officer.

Klein holds a diploma in International Business Administration from the University of Cooperative Education in Mannheim, Germany.

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More about Christian Klein

  • Joined SAP: 1999 
  • Appointed to Executive Board: 2018 
  • Current Executive Board term expires: 2021
  • Nationality: German
  • Year of Birth: 1980

Special Responsibilities

  • Global Development and Delivery of SAP’s Core Applications
  • Global Business Operations
  • IT Services & Cloud Infrastructure
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