Conversation with Bill McDermott
Summary: Bill McDermott is the President & CEO of SAP Americas & Asia Pacific Japan and a Corporate Officer of SAP AG, the largest business software company in the world. McDermott is responsible for managing SAP's strategic business activities in the United States, Canada and Latin America and in the Asia Pacific Japan region, which includes Japan, China and India -- directing more than 17,000 employees to serve the needs of customers. SAP Americas, headquartered in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, is the recognized leader in providing collaborative business solutions to companies of all sizes in more than 25 industries. In 2006, SAP appeared for the first time on Business Week's list of Most Innovative Companies. Additionally, SAP has been ranked #3 in the Computer Software category of FORTUNE magazine's America's Most Admired Companies. Since McDermott's arrival at SAP, the company in the U.S. has delivered 18 consecutive quarters of significant market share gains, revenue growth and customer satisfaction improvements. Prior to joining SAP, McDermott served as executive vice president of worldwide sales operations at Siebel Systems, and president of Gartner, Inc., where he led the company's core operations. He spent 17 years at Xerox Corporation, where he progressively rose through the ranks to become the company's youngest corporate officer and division president. McDermott is an active community leader and advocate for corporate social responsibility. He was recently named Humanitarian of the Year by Triangle, Inc., a social services organization that focuses on helping people with disabilities. In 2006, McDermott received the Yitzhak Rabin Public Services Award in recognition of his contributions as a civic leader who has demonstrated a commitment to Israel as a source of technological innovation. McDermott received an MBA degree from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, and he completed the Executive Development Program at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton Graduate School of Management. He received his B.S. degree in business administration from Dowling College. We are privleged to have Bill McDermott with us today on the Cullinane & Green Report. And remember: At the Cullinane & Green Report we're on the bleeding edge so you don't have to be!