Bill McDermott is chief executive officer and executive board member of SAP, the world’s business software market leader with more than 260,000 customers in 188 countries. He leads the company’s 74,500 employees and 2+ million person ecosystem in executing SAP’s vision and strategy to make the world run better and improve people’s lives. Under Bill’s leadership, in 2014 SAP unveiled a strategy to help businesses of all sizes “Run Simple.” The company has placed an unrivaled focus on delivering a beautiful user experience and has built the industry’s most comprehensive portfolio of solutions in the SAP Cloud powered by SAP HANA.
A personal champion of customer centricity, Bill and former Co-CEO Jim Hagemann Snabe are credited with leading the reinvention of SAP in the era of mobility, cloud computing, advanced analytics, next-generation business applications and in-memory technology. Since 2010, this innovation-led strategy has resulted in expansive increases in customers, total revenue, market value and profitable growth. With a 99% approval rating from employees, Bill and Jim were ranked #2 on Glassdoor.com’s listing of the world’s top 50 CEOs in 2013.
Bill has more than three decades of experience in business technology. He joined SAP in 2002 to lead the business in North America and has steadily risen to his current role as chief executive officer. Before joining SAP, he served in senior executive roles with Siebel Systems and Gartner, Inc. He launched his business career at Xerox Corporation, where he rose to become the company’s youngest corporate officer and division president.
As captured in his nationally best-selling memoir, Winners Dream, Bill got his start as a young entrepreneur running a small delicatessen business on Long Island at age 16. He is a passionate believer in engaging up-and-coming young leaders and has been recognized by organizations ranging from City Year of Greater Philadelphia to the Children’s Aid Society of New York City. A frequent speaker on leadership topics, he was a 2014 keynote speaker at Leadercast, a movement focused on building leaders worth following. In addition to his SAP and civic commitments, Bill serves on the Boards of Directors of Under Armour and ANSYS, Inc. He regularly contributes original content to major international publications and blogs on topics ranging from innovation to the future of business.
Bill received his bachelor’s degree from Dowling College and his Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.