Bill McDermott is the CEO of SAP SE. He served as co-CEO of SAP alongside Jim Hagemann Snabe from February 2010 until May 20, 2014.
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.
On May 21, 2014, McDermott was promoted to CEO of the company, now known as SAP SE. He became the first American to hold that position.
In 2016 McDermott earned a direct remuneration of €11.6 million, becoming the best-paid of the executives leading the companies that form the German stock index DAX.
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