Bill McDermott, CEO of SAP SE
|Born||William R. McDermott
August 18, 1961
Flushing, Queens, New York, U.S.
|Education||Kellogg School of Management
Wharton School of Business
McDermott was born one of three children to Kathleen and Bill McDermott and raised in Amityville on Long Island. He became an entrepreneur as a teenager by purchasing a local delicatessen, Country Deli, for $7,000 in promissory notes. This deli paid his way through Dowling College, where he studied Business Management.
After Dowling College, McDermott earned his MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management, and then completed the Executive Development Program at the Wharton School of Business. After running his own business through high school and college, he began his professional career at Xerox, where he worked for 17 years and became the company's youngest Division President.
McDermott 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. In 2008, he was appointed to the SAP Executive Board, and in February 2010, he became co-CEO of SAP AG.
McDermott wrote a memoir, Winners Dream: A Journey from Corner Store to Corner Office, with Joanne Gordon. The book was published by Simon & Schuster in October 2014. The book won an Axiom Business Book Award.
McDermott and his wife Julie, a breast cancer survivor, have two sons. In July 2015, McDermott suffered from a fall that cost him his left eye, but returned to SAP headquarters in October of that same year.
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