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Christian Klein

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)


About Christian Klein

  • Joined SAP: 1999
  • Appointed to Executive Board: 2018 
  • Current Executive Board term expires: 2025
  • Nationality: German
  • Year of Birth: 1980

Christian Klein biography

Christian Klein is Chief Executive Officer and member of the Executive Board of SAP SE. In his role as CEO, Klein holds the overall responsibility for the corporate strategic direction, management, and performance of SAP. 

In addition to the role of CEO, until July 2021, Klein was also SAP’s Chief Operating Officer, leading SAP’s transformation into an Intelligent Enterprise to the benefit of both customers and employees.

Prior to becoming CEO, Klein was the COO and head of the Intelligent Enterprise Group, combining global responsibility for the development and delivery of SAP’s core applications with the cross-board area mandate for SAP’s global business operations. Klein’s Intelligent Enterprise Group drove SAP’s digital core development functions and product management. This included SAP’s flagship product SAP S/4HANA, SAP Digital Supply Chain, and managing SAP’s rich industry-specific portfolio. 

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 SAP SuccessFactors (2011-2012). In 2014, he became Chief Controlling Officer and on April 1, 2016, he was named Chief Operating Officer. Since October 11, 2019, Christian Klein and Jennifer Morgan were Co-CEOs of SAP SE; on April 20, 2020, Christian Klein was appointed sole CEO of SAP SE. 

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


Other board memberships

  • Supervisory Board, adidas AG, Herzogenaurach, Germany (publicly listed)


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