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Cloud Wars CEO of the Year Special Report

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Executive Overview

SAP CEO Christian Klein has been named Cloud Wars CEO of the Year by Cloud Wars Founder Bob Evans for his remarkable leadership during challenging times. This CEO of the Year report explains why; it features an in-depth analysis of Klein’s leadership with insights from Google Cloud CEO Thomas Kurian, as well as CIO customers, along with additional analyses that shed light on Klein’s leadership decisions that have driven SAP to new heights.

In 2020, amidst global upheaval due to COVID-19, Klein navigated SAP through uncertainty, advocating for a cloud-first strategy. His public comments precipitated a $50-billion market cap plunge; SAP chairman and Klein mentor Hasso Plattner says that Klein’s resilience and commitment proved pivotal to the company’s resurgence: SAP’s 2023 cloud revenue is poised to surge by 23% to approximately $14 billion.

This report details the resilience, vision, and decisiveness that earned Klein the Cloud Wars CEO of the Year designation for 2023. Congratulations to Christian Klein on a transformative tenure at SAP!