Business 100 – 2015

William McDermott/SAP

Bill McDermott is chief executive officer and executive board member of SAP, the world’s business software market leader. He leads the company’s 75,600 employees and 2-plus million person ecosystem in executing SAP’s vision and strategy to help the world run better and improve people’s lives. Under Bill’s leadership, in 2014 SAP unveiled a strategy to help businesses of all sizes Run Simple in the digital economy. With the SAP HANA Cloud Platform, business applications and business networks, SAP serves nearly 300,000 customers in 190 countries. With more than 85 million users, SAP is the largest enterprise cloud company in the world with business networks that transact nearly $1 trillion in commerce annually. Since 2010, this innovation-led strategy has resulted in expansive increases in customers, total revenue, market value, and profitable growth. The SAP transformation is one of many authentic stories told in Bill’s national best-selling book, Winners Dream: A Journey from Corner Store to Corner Office.

Bill is a third-generation Irish American with roots in Co. Roscommon on his father’s side.