SAP announced that Ryan Poggi has been appointed as Managing Director, SAP UK & Ireland. Ryan will report directly to Rohit Nagarajan, President of EMEA North at SAP, and is based in London.
In his role, Ryan will lead the UK & Ireland team, executing SAP’s UKI strategy with a focus on driving customer lifetime value, accelerated cloud growth and a superior partner ecosystem experience in the region.
A passionate leader with extensive experience managing organisations and scaling high performing teams across large complex markets, Ryan has held senior executive roles across EMEA and APJ since joining SAP in 2007.
Prior to starting the UKI Managing Director role, Ryan was Chief Business Officer for SAP EMEA North, where he’s been instrumental in launching RISE with SAP across five markets and building the cross-functional teams required for customer success. During this time, Ryan also acted as interim Managing Director for SAP France, helping to set a solid foundation to become a high-performance cloud market unit, and transform the business into a singular team operating across all board areas.
Ryan is no stranger to the UKI, having previously served as COO where he was responsible for overall readiness and execution of SAP’s UKI growth strategy, and delivering lifetime value for customers through strategic partnerships. Prior to this, he has held various leadership roles including Managing Director for SAP Philippines, Director of Global Strategic Initiatives, Legal & Commercial Director and led multiple LoB organisations across Asia and EMEA.
Rohit Nagarajan, President of EMEA North at SAP, said: “We’re pleased to welcome Ryan back to the UK and Ireland. He previously demonstrated his relevance and impact in serving the commitments of SAP’s customers, partners, and teams in this market. His solid expertise in the development of our cloud business, as well as his leadership skills, are all assets we need to consolidate the foundations of SAP UKI and maximise the opportunities ahead.”
Ryan Poggi, Managing Director SAP UK & Ireland, said: “I’m delighted to be taking on this role at a hugely exciting time for the UKI business. We are privileged to have some of the most innovative customers and one of the most dynamic partner ecosystems here in the UKI. The opportunity ahead of us cannot be overstated; to be the UKI’s most trusted technology partner, by coming together as one ecosystem and driving customer value.”
Ryan is particularly passionate about inspiring and empowering the next generation of young talent and using business as a catalyst for positive social and environmental impact, having previously been Board Member for Enactus UK. Ryan holds a Bachelor of Commerce, Law, and Bachelor of Commerce Honours, Strategic Management, at the University of Johannesburg.
Ryan replaces Michiel Verhoeven, who is taking on a senior leadership role outside of SAP after nearly three years in the role.
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