SAP Supervisory Board has appointed Sabine Bendiek as chief people officer and labour director. She will also assume additional responsibility as chief operating officer in mid-2021, becoming SAP’s first chief people and operating officer at the same time.
In this role, Bendiek will lead the HR function and people strategy for the German multinational software company. This includes attracting the best talent in the industry, providing a growth and learning environment for employees, and ensuring a consistent leadership culture to enable inclusion, accountability and agility.
Appointed to the Executive Board for a three-year tenure, Bendiek will be based in Walldorf.
Prior to this, Bendiek was the chairwoman of the management board of Microsoft Germany, since January 2016, for a tenure of almost five years.
At Microsoft Germany, she played a key role in driving the move of the business to the cloud, which significantly contributed to Microsoft’s strong position in Germany and the enterprise’s overall transformation.
Before joining Microsoft, she was EMC’s managing director and vice president, responsible for business activities in Germany. Prior to that, she handled the small and medium business in Germany, Switzerland and Austria for Dell. Among the other stints in her career, she has been associated with McKinsey, Booz Allen and Siemens Nixdorf Information Systems.
Bendiek, 54, has a graduate degree in management science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a business administration degree from the University of Mannheim.
With her business acumen and deep operational experience, Bendiek will drive a business-centric human resources function.