New senior appointment at SAP

SAP, has announced the appointment of Oliver Bussmann as chief information officer (CIO), effective September 1, 2009.

Bussmann, who will report directly to SAP Executive Board member, Erwin Gunst, will be responsible for SAP’s cross-departmental IT function and support the company’s strategic objectives.

“ As a company operating globally SAP is continuously strengthening its character of a transparent organization that has full clarity on internal processes as well as on the market environment and is able to take facts-based decisions fast and accurately. The service-oriented architecture of SAP’s IT platform provides the perfect foundation to constantly expanding this capability,” SAP said in a statement from Johannesburg.

The company said Bussmann has a proven track record in his career spanning nearly 20 years in IT management. Most recently, he was Regional CIO of Allianz for North America and Mexico (NAFTA). His prior roles include positions in the Allianz Group in Germany and the United States as well as at Deutsche Bank. He began his career at IBM in Frankfurt, Germany, where he was responsible for the retail banking division.

Bussmann holds a master’s in business administration from the University of Muenster, Germany and is a member of the BITS advisory council, a not-for-profit financial service industry consortium made up of 100 of the largest financial institutions in the US, since 2007.