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SAP SE Supervisory Board

The SAP SE 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.

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Prof. Dr. h.c. mult. Hasso Plattner

Chairman of the Supervisory Board SAP SE

  • Year of Birth: 1944
  • Nationality: German
  • First elected: 2003
  • Term expires: 2024

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Lars Lamadé

Deputy Chairperson of the Supervisory Board SAP SE

Additional Position: Head of Global Sponsorships

  • Year of Birth: 1971
  • Nationality: German
  • First elected: 2002
  • Term expires: 2024

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Manuela Asche-Holstein

Industry Advisor Expert

  • Year of Birth: 1964
  • Nationality: German
  • First elected: 2021
  • Term expires: 2024

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Aicha Evans

Chief Executive Officer and Member of the Board of Directors, Zoox, Inc., Foster City, California, USA

  • Year of Birth: 1969
  • Nationality: U.S. American
  • First appointed: 2017
  • Term expires: 2024

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Prof. Dr. Gesche Joost

Professor for Design Research and Head of the Design Research Lab, University of Arts Berlin

  • Year of Birth: 1974
  • Nationality: German
  • First elected: 2015
  • Term expires: 2023

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Margret Klein-Magar

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

  • Year of Birth: 1964
  • Nationality: German
  • First elected: 2012
  • Term expires: 2024

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Monika Kovachka-Dimitrova

Chief Project Expert / Member of SAP SE Works Council (Europe)

  • Year of Birth: 1975
  • Nationality: Bulgarian
  • First elected: 2019
  • Term expires: 2024

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Peter Lengler

Value Advisor Expert / Member of the SAP Germany SE & Co.KG Works Council and Member of SAP SE Works Council (Europe)

  • Year of Birth: 1963
  • Nationality: German
  • First elected: 2021
  • Term expires: 2024

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Jennifer Xin-Zhe Li

General Partner and founding partner of Changcheng Investment Partners, Beijing, China

  • Year of Birth: 1967
  • Nationality: Canadian
  • First elected: 2022
  • Term expires: 2023

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Dr. Qi Lu

Founder & Chief Executive Officer, MiraclePlus Ltd., Beijing, China (not publicly listed company)

  • Year of Birth: 1961
  • Nationality: U.S. American
  • First appointed: 2020
  • Term expires: 2023

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Gerhard Oswald

Managing Director of Oswald Consulting GmbH, Walldorf, Germany
Associate lecturer at the Technical University of Munich (Technische Universität München), Germany

  • Year of Birth: 1953
  • Nationality: German
  • First elected: 2019
  • Term expires: 2024

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Christine Regitz

Vice President, Global Head of SAP Women in Tech

  • Year of Birth: 1966
  • Nationality: German
  • First elected: 2015
  • Term expires: 2024

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Dr. Friederike Rotsch

Group General Counsel and Head of Group Legal & Compliance, Merck KGaA Darmstadt, Germany

  • Year of Birth: 1972
  • Nationality: German
  • First elected: 2018
  • Term expires: 2024

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Heike Steck

Senior Operations Manager / Member of SAP SE Works Council and Member of SAP SE Works Council (Europe)

  • Year of Birth: 1961
  • Nationality: German
  • First elected: 2019
  • Term expires: 2024

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Helmut Stengele

Presales Manager (until August 2014) / Vice Chairperson SAP Germany SE & Co.KG Works Council (until Dec 2020) / on early retirement 

  • Year of Birth: 1959
  • Nationality: German
  • First elected: 2021
  • Term expires: 2024

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Dr. Rouven Westphal

Member of the Executive Board of the Hasso Plattner Foundation, Potsdam, and Managing Director of the General Partner of HPC Germany GmbH & Co. KG, Potsdam

  • Year of Birth: 1972
  • Nationality: German
  • First elected: 2021
  • Term expires: 2026

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Dr. Gunnar Wiedenfels

Chief Financial Officer, Warner Bros. Discovery, Inc., New York, USA 

  • Year of Birth: 1977
  • Nationality: German
  • First elected: 2019
  • Term expires: 2026

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James Wright

Quality Manager UK and Ireland / Active Quality Management, SAP EMEA North / Chairman of the SE Works Council (Europe)

  • Year of Birth: 1962
  • Nationality: British
  • First elected: 2019
  • Term expires: 2024

Supervisory Board Committees

The SAP Supervisory Board has appointed committees to prepare its deliberations and implement resolutions – a measure allowed by the law.

The Personnel and Governance Committee is responsible for personnel matters related to the Executive Board and matters concerning the coordination of the Supervisory Board. The Committee carries out the preparatory work necessary for key personnel decisions made by the Supervisory Board concerning the members of the Executive Board, e.g. appointment and remuneration,  as well as conclusion of, amendments to, and termination of Executive Board members’ service contracts and succession planning. The Committee also handles all matters related to corporate governance.

Members:

  • Dr. Friederike Rotsch (Chairperson)
  • Prof. Dr. Hasso Plattner
  • Aicha Evans
  • Gerhard Oswald
  • Margret Klein-Magar
  • Monika Kovachka-Dimitrova 
  • Lars Lamadé
  • Christine Regitz

The Audit and Compliance Committee handles matters concerning the financial statements and the auditing of the Group accounts. Additionally, the committee handles all investigative compliance related topics as well as the group-wide sustainability strategy of SAP and its implementation.

Members:

  • Jennifer Xin-Zhe Li (Chairperson)
  • Dr. Friederike Rotsch
  • Dr. Rouven Westphal
  • Dr. Gunnar Wiedenfels
  • Manuela Asche-Holstein
  • Margret Klein-Magar
  • Peter Lengler
  • James Wright 

The People and Culture Committee is responsible for matters related to human resources (excl. senior management) with a focus on fostering a culture of innovation, performance, diversity, organizational design and integrity. The Committee also maintains SAP’s network to universities and other stakeholders to support the company’s people strategy.

Members:

  • Aicha Evans (Chairperson)
  • Prof. Dr. Gesche Joost
  • Dr. Qi Lu
  • Dr. Friederike Rotsch
  • Manuela Asche-Holstein
  • Monika Kovachka-Dimitrova
  • Peter Lengler
  • Heike Steck

 

The Finance and Investment Committee is responsible for matters related to financing, mergers & acquisitions, joint ventures, strategic investments, and divestitures.

Members:

  • Dr. Rouven Westphal (Chairperson)
  • Jennifer Xin-Zhe Li 
  • Dr. Gunnar Wiedenfels 
  • Christine Regitz
  • Heike Steck
  • James Wright 

The Technology and Strategy Committee advises the Executive Board on the overall business strategy of the company with regard to the development and use of technologies and the development of software and solutions, technological and strategic decisions including the product strategy.

Members:

  • Prof. Dr. Hasso Plattner (Chairperson)
  • Christine Regitz (Vice Chairperson)
  • Aicha Evans
  • Prof. Dr. Gesche Joost
  • Dr. Qi Lu
  • Gerhard Oswald
  • Margret Klein-Magar
  • Monika Kovachka-Dimitrova
  • Lars Lamadé
  • Heike Steck

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:

  • Dr. Gunnar Wiedenfels (Chairperson)
  • Aicha Evans
  • Prof. Dr. Hasso Plattner
  • Dr. Friederike Rotsch
  • Dr. Rouven Westphal

The main task of the Go-To-Market and Operations Committee is to support and advise the Executive Board on the Company’s go-to-market strategy worldwide, including marketing, sales, service and support, ecosystem, government relations, communications as well as internal processes and operations. 

Members:

  • Gerhard Oswald (Chairperson)
  • Dr. Rouven Westphal
  • Dr. Qi Lu
  • Prof. Dr. Hasso Plattner
  • Manuela Asche-Holstein
  • Lars Lamade
  • Peter Lengler
  • James Wright

Profile of Skills and Expertise

The proper consultation with and supervision of the Executive Board requires specific knowledge, capabilities, and professional experience among the members of the Supervisory Board. To this end, the Supervisory Board of SAP SE adopted a profile of the skills and expertise that the full Supervisory Board must possess. It thus follows the respective recommendation of the German Corporate Governance Code.

Meeting Participation

Overview of the participation of the Supervisory Board Members meetings and the committee meetings

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