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Monday, September 17, 2018

Judith Michelle Williams Hired to Take SAP’s Diversity and Inclusion Strategy to New Heights as Head of People Sustainability and CDIO

SAP today announced that Judith Michelle Williams has been appointed head of people sustainability and chief diversity and inclusion officer (CDIO).

Delivering on SAP’s commitment to help the world run better and improve people’s lives, Williams will grow SAP’s diversity and inclusion strategy to fuel innovation and engagement and to drive business success in this rapidly changing digital world.

SAP has made significant strides in increasing workplace equality, achieving its goal of having women fill 25 percent of global management positions as well as being the first multinational technology company to be awarded EDGE certification. In her new role, Williams will be responsible for building upon this success and further establishing SAP as a leader that embraces and drives global diversity and inclusion both internally and in partnership with its customers. Williams will lead business health and diversity and inclusion, which focuses on gender intelligence, cross-generational intelligence, culture and identity, and differently abled people.

Williams has more than 15 years of experience at the forefront of the culture change movement in technology and entertainment, with a deep focus on analytics and strategies to identify and disrupt bias in social systems and corporate culture. She joins SAP from an organization she founded that consults with startups, venture capitalists and accelerators on embedding diversity and inclusion into the foundations of their organizational cultures. Williams has also served as global head of diversity for Dropbox as well as diversity programs manager at Google.

“SAP is a place where every person brings their own unique magic to help the world run better and improve people’s lives,” said Bill McDermott, CEO of SAP SE. “I couldn’t be prouder to welcome a proven leader like Judith to help us be the most inclusive company in the technology industry.”

Williams shared, “SAP is an impressive brand not only for the way its technology helps the world run better and improves people’s lives, but for its commitment to ensuring the global workforce is representative of all types of people. I am honored to join an organization with the ability to think ahead and engage in addressing workforce and business challenges in alignment with that vision, and I am excited about the potential of our technology to drive change while taking diversity and inclusion at SAP to the next level.”

Williams will work from SAP’s South San Francisco office, reporting directly to Stefan Ries, member of the Executive Board of SAP SE and chief human resources officer (CHRO).

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