SAP Names New Cloud Partner Chief, Jettisons Cloud Head

rodolphocardenutoclientesaAmong a slew of management changes, German software maker SAP (SAP) has promoted Rodolpho Cardenuto to head a new Global Partner Operations organization, tasking him with responsibility for SAP’s partner ecosystem both for cloud and on-premise software. Cardenuto previously led SAP’s Americas unit for the past year and a half.

“The formation of our new Global Partner Operations organization is key to driving scale and adoption of the SAP Cloud powered by SAP HANA,” said Bill McDermott, SAP co-chief executive. “Rodolpho will engage with a vibrant and open ecosystem of more than 11,500 companies worldwide to unlock the potential of every customer to become a best-run business.”

Following Cardenuto’s promotion to global channel chief, the SAP Americas business will be split into one unit for North America and another for Latin America. Jennifer Morgan is slated to command the North America division while Diego Dzodan, current leading SAP Brazil, is expected to head the Latin America unit.

SAP also reportedly has fired Shawn Price, its Cloud business unit chief, only days after a shakeup in its senior ranks that saw the appointments of Rob Enslin and Bernd Leukert to its executive board and the exit of Vishal Sikka, who oversaw the launch of HANA, SAP’s cloud software platform.

Re/code initially reported Price’s departure, which subsequently was confirmed by an SAP spokesperson. “His role was a transformational role, and we’re at a point where we’re a leading cloud player,” the spokesperson said.

Price, who took over SAP’s cloud business following Robert Calderoni’s departure in January, will not be replaced. “There will no longer be a single individual cloud executive,” the spokesperson said. “His responsibilities will be divided among other executives.”

Greg McStravik, who currently heads SAP’s U.S. business, will now command HANA in the wake of Sikka’s exit. Enslin ascended to SAP’s cloud business senior level following the departure of Lars Dalgaard, the chief executive and co-founder of SAP acquisition SuccessFactors, who left for a venture capital position at Andreessen Horowitz.

Enslin, a 23-year company veteran, is slotted to lead SAP’s Global Sales operation, while Leukert, a 20-year employee regarded as a tech visionary, will head SAP’s development initiatives, the report said.

The reshuffled management deck is playing out only two weeks ahead of SAP’s annual shareholder meeting May 21 when McDermott, SAP co-chief executive with Jim Hagemann Snabe, will take the top slot alone as Hagemann Snabe retires.

The management moves are said to be tied to McDermott’s plan to reposition cloud software as central to SAP’s solutions portfolio rather than its traditional on-premise software offerings.

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