SAP appoints new EMEA heads –

SAP AG, Europe's largest business software company, has appointed two new executives to head its operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), replacing Les Hayman, now responsible for global human resources.

Michael Kleinemeier is president of EMEA Central, an area that includes Germany and the Benelux countries, said SAP spokeswoman Laurie Doyle-Kelly on Tuesday.

Enrico Nigroni, who formerly headed up SAP's operations in Italy, Spain and Portugal, is president of EMEA NEWS, including all markets in the EMEA region outside Germany and the Benelux countries, she said.

SAP announced the appointments internally at a European sales meeting on Thursday, according to Doyle-Kelly. The appointments were effective immediately, she said.

Kleinemeier and Nigroni will report directly to Leo Apotheker, chairman of global sales at SAP, according to Doyle-Kelly.

Hayman headed up SAP's operations in the Asia-Pacific region before taking over as chairman of EMEA, according to Doyle-Kelly.

On Tuesday, SAP appointed Bart Hogendoorn as managing director of its Dutch subsidiary, BSAP Nederland BV.

"Each local subsidiary will be issuing its own announcement wherever managing directors are affected," she said.

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