SAN MATEO (04/20/2000) - Kevin McKay has resigned his post as CEO of SAP America, and SAP veteran Wolfgang Kemna from SAP AG in Germany will serve as his replacement, a spokesperson for SAP said.
"Kevin decided, for personal reasons, to pursue alternatives outside of SAP," according to a prepared statement. The resignation was effective immediately.
McKay also was a member of the extended executive board of SAP. Chris Larsen serves as president of SAP America, based in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia.
Before the SAP board accepted McKay's resignation, executives at this major ERP (enterprise resource planning) player had proposed that McKay assume the role of chief financial officer for the SAP group worldwide, the SAP spokesperson said.
Industry analysts speculate that Kemna will hold the post only until a permanent replacement is found.
McKay, analysts also said, governed during a difficult time for SAP when demand dropped for its core ERP platform. SAP has subsequently had an uphill struggle to adjust to changing market conditions, they said.
SAP officials would not comment further on the matter.
SAP AG, in Walldorf, Germany, is at www.sap.com.
Eugene Grygo is an InfoWorld senior editor.