SAP Cloud business head Robert Enslin resigned

Business software company SAP said Robert Enslin, the head of its cloud business group, has resigned.
SAP GermanyRobert Enslin joined SAP in 1992 and served on its board since 2014. IT industry analysts considered Robert Enslin as a potential successor to SAP CEO Bill McDermott.

SAP reported Cloud & Software revenue of €20.622 billion in 2018 against €19.549 billion in 2017. SAP’s operating profit was €5.705 billion in 2018 against €4.877 in 2017. Total revenue of SAP increased to €24.741 billion in 2018 against €23.464 billion in 2017.

SAP earlier said it aims non-IFRS cloud subscriptions and support revenue of €8.6 − €9.1 billion in 2020 against the previous target of €8.2 − €8.7 billion. SAP also aims at €28.6 − €29.2 billion non-IFRS total revenue in 2020 against the previous target of €28 − €29 billion.

Robert Enslin, during his two-year tenure as head of the cloud business group, assisted SAP to build out Germany-based software company’s cloud portfolio. Robert Enslin was instrumental in the acquisition of Qualtrics, which specialises in tracking online sentiment, in a $8 billion deal.

Jennifer Morgan, currently a board member, will be the new president Cloud Business.

Jennifer Morgan joined the company in 2004 and most recently co-led SAP’s global customer operations.

SAP said Adaire Fox-Martin will take sole responsibility for global customer operations as president.

Earlier, SAP lost 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 gurus Rich Heilman and Thomas Jung – both respected among SAP developer specialists – said last month they had been let go by SAP, but have now found new roles and are staying, a company spokesman said.

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 risks alienating core customers, Reuters reported.

SAP said in January around 4,400 people would leave under a restructuring. Oracle has also announced layoffs and some of its top talent has joined Google.