Business software giant SAP has appointed New Zealander Geraldine McBride as president of its North American business, responsible for its operations in the United States and Canada, where it employs 12,500 staff.
SAP has annual sales of more than US$17 billion and is the closest rival to Oracle, the world’s largest business software company.
McBride, who was educated at Victoria University, had a 15 year career with SAP, heading its New Zealand operation and rising to president and chief executive of SAP Asia Pacific Japan, before joining computer-maker Dell as a vice president and its global applications head.
McBride will report to SAP global sales head Robert Enslin.
”Geraldine knows our customers, understands the importance of our partners and has the experience needed to lead SAP’s next chapter of growth in North America. We’re excited to have her back within the SAP family and look forward to her leadership and expertise in this key region,” he said.