SAP co-founder Plattner switches focus

SAP co-chairman and chief executive officer Hasso Plattner has handed over responsibility for technology development to board...

SAP co-chairman and chief executive officer Hasso Plattner has handed over responsibility for technology development to board member Shai Agassi, in a move that will relieve the German software company's co-founder from day-to-day activities.

 

"Agassi is now in charge of all our technology development activities," a spokeswoman said. Plattner "will focus more on his CEO activities, like technology strategy and finance".

 

Agassi came to SAP after the software supplier acquired his company, Top Tier Software, in 2001. He was CEO, president and chief technology officer of Top Tier, which supplies core technology for the newly rebranded mySAP Business Suite application.

 

Previously responsible for SAP's portal and exchange product lines, Agassi is now in charge of technology development on the company's recently launched NetWeaver system and its Enterprise Services Architecture. 

Last week SAP surprised financial analysts with a strong fourth-quarter net profit.

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