On the Move: SAP appoints new president for SMB solutions

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Barry Padgett, SAP SE

Concur chief product officer Barry Padgett has been appointed by SAP to the newly created position of president of the SAP Business One, SAP Anywhere and SAP Business ByDesign teams.

Padgett will take up the role from 1 July 2016.

Signalling a new level of focus on small and midsize businesses (SMBs), SAP has combined the teams for the SAP Business One application, the SAP Anywhere solution and the SAP Business ByDesign solution into one organisation. This integrated team will focus on building “complete, best-in-class front-office and back-office solutions” for SMBs, according to SAP.

With Concur since 1997, Padgett held a variety of roles including as executive vice president and general manager, EMEA; vice president, international sales and marketing; director of Concur’s Asia-Pacific region; direct of consulting services; and director of business development. Among his achievements were helping to pioneer web-based expense reporting services, launching the end-to-end process of connecting online travel booking and expense reporting, and running the TripIt business.

“This newly created position highlights the importance of small and midsize businesses to SAP,” said Steve Singh, member of the Executive Board of SAP SE. “Padgett brings the perfect combination of enterprise expertise and entrepreneurial spirit to the role, and I couldn’t be happier that he will be leading this new team toward our goal of being the market-leading provider of commerce, financial and ERP services to SMBs.”

EJ Jackson, head of SAP Anywhere, Luis Murguia, head of SAP Business One, Michael Schmitt, head of SAP Business ByDesign, and Rob Chu, global head of SMB development and support, and their teams will report to Padgett.

“With customers increasingly expecting real-time service from all companies, regardless of size, SMB business owners need to respond, without having large, internal IT organisations to support their efforts,” said Padgett. “I’m very excited to help drive this new organiation focused on meeting the needs of SMBs with front-office and back-office solutions designed specifically for them.”

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