Software company SAP reports head of its cloud business group decided to leave according to Euronews. This is the latest in a string of top departures as Europe’s most valuable technology firm goes to reshape its operations.
Robert Enslin joined SAP in 1992 and had served on its board since 2014, tipped by some as a potential successor to CEO Bill McDermott.
During the two-year tenure as head of the cloud business group, Enslin helped build SAP’s cloud portfolio including last years $8 billion deal to buy Qualtrics, which specializes in tracking online sentiment.
Enslin’s exit follows other high-profile departures, including Bjoern Goerke, chief technology officer and head of SAP’s cloud platform business, and Bernd Leukert, the board executive who ran global service and support. Programming master Rich Heilman – who was highly respected in the wider SAP developer ecosystem – also left.
The departures underscore McDermott’s long-stated ambition to transform SAP into a digital platform business, but the exit of long-serving and well-regarded staff with extensive know-how also risks alienating the company’s core customers.
SAP said in January around 4,400 people would leave under the restructuring. SAP’s rival Oracle has also announced layoffs and some of its top talent already went to Google.
SAP said board member Jennifer Morgan, who joined the company in 2004 and most recently co-led SAP’s global customer operations, would succeed Enslin as president of the cloud business group with imminent effect.
Adaire Fox-Martin will take responsibility of global customer operations as president.
SAP will report its financial results on April 24.