New SAP Africa team cho­sen amidst probe

The Star Early Edition - - BUSINESS REPORT -

SAP Africa has an­nounced an in­terim man­age­ment team for the con­ti­nent af­ter four man­age­ment team mem­bers were placed on ad­min­is­tra­tive leave pend­ing the out­come of a foren­sic in­ves­ti­ga­tion into al­le­ga­tions re­lated to one of its con­tracts. This comes in the wake of me­dia re­ports that raised ques­tions sur­round­ing con­tracts and third-party busi­ness prac­tices in South Africa, and al­le­ga­tions of deal­ings with the Gupta fam­ily. The new man­age­ment team com­prises Ash­ley Boag as act­ing chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer; Peter David, chief fi­nan­cial of­fi­cer (CFO) for SAP EMEA and now act­ing CFO for Africa; lo­cal ICT in­dus­try vet­eran Pi­eter Bouwer as South African man­ag­ing di­rec­tor and Claas Kuehne­mann as act­ing man­ag­ing di­rec­tor: SAP Africa, to whom the rest of the man­age­ment team re­ports. Kuehne­mann said the pri­or­ity was to en­sure the busi­ness con­tin­ues to fo­cus on driv­ing rev­enue and growth across its lo­cal op­er­a­tions. “It is im­por­tant to us that all SAP staff, clients, and part­ners have the sup­port they need and that busi­ness con­tin­ues un­in­ter­rupted. We have ap­pointed a strong lead­er­ship team to en­sure our usual stan­dards of ser­vice and strate­gic sup­port are up­held.”

SAP an­nounced last week that Kuehne­mann would take on the role of act­ing man­ag­ing di­rec­tor for Africa with im­me­di­ate ef­fect, while the com­pany con­ducts its in­ves­ti­ga­tion into its South African op­er­a­tions.

Claas joined SAP in South Africa in 1992 and has held ex­ec­u­tive po­si­tions for SAP in South Africa, Eu­rope and the Mid­dle East. – Staff Re­porter

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