Bill McDermott

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William R. McDermott
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Bill McDermott, SAP AG Co-CEO and Executive Board Member
Born New York City
Education Kellogg School of Management
Wharton School of Business
Dowling College
Occupation Businessman
Known for CEO, SAP

William R. McDermott is the CEO of SAP AG, a position to which he was appointed on May 21, 2014.[1] He served as the co-CEO from February 2010 until May 20, 2014 of SAP AG along with Jim Hagemann Snabe[2][3]


Bill McDermott received his MBA from Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management.[4] He also successfully completed the Executive Development Program at the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business. He received his undergraduate degree in Business Management from Dowling College. After running his own business through high school and college, McDermott began his professional career at Xerox, where he worked for 17 years and rose through the ranks to become the company's youngest corporate officer and division President.[citation needed]

He then served as President of Gartner and Executive Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Operations at Siebel Systems.

He was recruited to SAP in 2002 as the CEO of SAP America and quickly rose, adding to his responsibility South America, Asia Pacific and then Global Field Operations, overseeing all revenues for the company. In 2008 he was appointed to the SAP Executive Board. In February 2010, he became co-CEO of SAP AG. On May 21, 2014, he was promoted to the position of sole CEO of the company.

McDermott is a member of several boards, including the boards of Under Armour, and ANSYS, Inc. He is a member of the National Advisory Board for KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program) and the Advisory Board for Villanova University. He was named among the “Top 25 Most Influential Executives of 2010” in information technology by CRN (Computer Reseller News) magazine and was also included in Irish America magazine's “2010 Business 100”.


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