Christian Klein


Christian Klein is Chief Executive Officer of SAP SE. Previously, as Chief Operating Officer and leading the Intelligent Enterprise Group, Klein combined his global responsibility for the development and delivery of SAP’s core applications with his cross-board area mandate for SAP’s global business operations.

Klein’s Intelligent Enterprise Group drove SAP’s digital core development functions and product management, including SAP’s flagship product SAP S/4HANA and SAP Digital Supply Chain, and managed SAP’s rich industry-specific portfolio. Klein’s organization was also responsible for making SAP an Intelligent Enterprise by focusing on business process simplification, global IT and cloud infrastructure, product and services quality, portfolio and investment strategy, intelligent data and analytics, and value achievement through digital innovation adoption to the benefit of both customers and employees.

Klein started his career at SAP in 1999 as a student. He held various positions in Active Global Support Operations, Services Operations, and Global Controlling, and served as Chief Financial Officer of SuccessFactors (2011-2012). In 2014, he was appointed Chief Controlling Officer and on April 1, 2016, he was also named Chief Operating Officer.

Klein holds a diploma in International Business Administration from the University of Cooperative Education in Mannheim, Germany.



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