(13-Jan-11) There's been a change in the channel leadership at enterprise software vendor SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) with the departure this week of Pat Hume, the worldwide channel chief who has led SAP's ongoing transformation from a direct-first company to one that is embracing the indirect go to market, particularly in the small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) space.
In a statement, SAP confirmed that Hume, who held the title of senior vice-president, global indirect sales organization, has left the company for personal reasons. Her departure follows that of several other SAP executives in December including Singh Mecker, senior vice-president and head of SAP's global sales partners.
Fritz Neumeyer will move up from vice-president operations ecosystem to fill some of Hume's role as head of volume reseller and service partners. Hume's primary replacement however is SAP veteran Eric Duffaut, who ran SAP's global SME business and now be the worldwide channel chief. In a change from Hume's role, Duffaut will hold the title of president, global ecosystem and channel, reporting directly to SAP co-presidents Jim Hagemann Snabe and Bill McDermott.