SAP Africa has appointed an interim management team for Africa after four members of top management were placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of a forensic investigation into allegations of wrongdoing.
The new management team is made up of Ashley Boag as acting chief operating officer; Peter David, chief financial officer for SAP EMEA and now acting chief financial officer for Africa; local ICT industry veteran Pieter Bouwer as South African MD; and Claas Kuehnemann as acting MD for SAP Africa, to whom the rest of the team reports.
Kuehnemann says the team’s priority is to ensure the business continues to focus on driving revenue and growth across its local operations.
“It is important to us that all SAP staff, clients, and partners have the support they need, and that business continues uninterrupted,” he says. “We have appointed a strong leadership team to ensure our usual standards of service and strategic support are upheld.”
SAP announced last week that Kuehnemann will take on the role of acting MD for Africa with immediate effect while the company conducts its investigation into allegations that the company paid kickbacks in the form of sales commissions to Gupta-aligned company CAD House.
Claas joined SAP in South Africa in 1992 and has held executive positions for SAP in South Africa, Europe and the Middle East.