SAP hires external candidate as CIO

SAP has opted to hire an external candidate as its new chief information officer, Uwe Herold, formerly the CIO at a German automotive supplier.

SAP has brought in outside talent Uwe Herold as its chief information officer (CIO), filling a post vacant since the previous incumbent left the company earlier this year.

The business applications vendor confirmed Thursday that Herold joins SAP Oct. 1. He will also hold a position on the company's board of directors in the area of human resources, processes and production and report to Claus Heinrich, one of SAP's executive board members. SAP operates a two-tier board system with a board of directors and an executive board. Herold will be based at SAP's headquarters in Walldorf, Germany.

Most recently CIO at German automotive supplier Brose Fahrzeugteile, Herold has 15 years of experience in business process engineering and IT management. While at Brose, he worked on SAP implementations and so can also bring an SAP user perspective to his new employer. Before joining Brose in 1999, Herold headed up process engineering and organizational development efforts at fluid technology company Hydac Filtertechnik.

"Like any other enterprise that places value on developing and harnessing internal talent, SAP always considers internal applicants for vacant roles," an SAP spokeswoman in Germany wrote in response to an e-mail for comment on why the company chose an outsider as the CIO. "At the same time, it is also important for us to bring in fresh ideas and different expertise from time to time. In this case, Herold was the ideal candidate for this role and we are confident that with his wealth of experience he will be an asset to SAP."

Herold replaces Carol Wilson who left the company after three years in the job earlier this year. Wilson joined Tata Consultancy Services in April as its implementation director charged with the development and delivery of the Indian outsourcing and consulting firm's IT services in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

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