Bill McDermott: Business maverick to global leader

Bill McDermott_SAPIABC World Conference keynote speaker, Bill McDermott, is the CEO of business software market leader SAP and the best-selling author of Winners Dream: a journey from corner store to corner office. Bill’s life and career began in Amityville, New York, a gritty middle-class community on Long Island.

With inspiration from his parents, Bill became a small business owner at age 16, an experience that would shape his dynamic approach to leading people and building successful businesses. Now CEO of SAP, the world’s largest business software company, Bill is a respected global leader, community advocate, mentor and innovator. Bill also serves on the Boards of Directors of two innovative companies, performance apparel pioneer Under Armour and engineering software maker Ansys, Inc. He began his long career in business leadership at Xerox. He spent 17 years at the company and rose to become its youngest corporate officer and division president. Following stints at Gartner Inc. and Siebel Systems, Bill joined SAP in 2002 and began a record run that would see SAP expand its leadership position in business software. Today, with breakthrough innovations like SAP HANA, Bill is leading SAP on a new mission to help the world, “Run Simple.” Bill has received countless awards and recognition throughout his career and is routinely one of the highest-rated CEOs on the website Glassdoor.com with approval ratings over 90%.

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