Enslin, who first joined SAP in 1992, departs following a long and successful career at the company. He advanced to the executive board in 2014, initially as president of Global Customer Operations. He is a respected technology leader with a unique global perspective on business and economic trends. Consequently, he quickly earned a highly favorable reputation with customers and industry analysts.
His two-year stint as president of the company’s Cloud Business Group resulted in an aggressive build-out of SAP’s cloud portfolio. This also includes the recently closed and somewhat controversial acquisition of experience management company Qualtrics.
SAP executive board member Jennifer Morgan will succeed Enslin as president of the Cloud Business Group (CBG). SAP executive board member Adaire Fox-Martin will take sole responsibility of Global Customer Operations (GCO) as president. These leadership changes are effective immediately.
“We are grateful for the significant contributions Robert Enslin has made to SAP”, Hasso Plattner, co-founder of SAP, said. “The supervisory board has immense confidence in Jennifer Morgan and Adaire Fox-Martin.”
“Let me first congratulate Robert Enslin for everything he has done in his distinguished SAP career”, SAP CEO Bill McDermott commented. “He’ll be a great champion for SAP in his new opportunity and also a lifelong friend to me personally. With Jennifer Morgan and Adaire Fox-Martin, we have two dynamic leaders who will take SAP to the next level. This transition gives us a clear path to continue simplifying the company.”
With yet another technology-oriented and respected executive board member gone, one could be forgiven for asking if “simplifying the company“, as Bill McDermott put it, might harm SAP more than it benefits it.
“I am truly grateful to Hasso Plattner, Bill McDermott and all my SAP colleagues for the opportunity to be part of such a special company. As I leave SAP for a new journey, I do so with unrivaled respect for the company and its amazing customers around the world”, Robert Enslin himself said of his departure.