Software AG has appointed South African Darren Roos to the Software AG Group executive board as well as naming him chief operating officer (COO) for the EMEA region (excluding DACH).

Roos joined Software AG in 2005 as the sales manager for South Africa and, in 2006, his responsibilities were extended to the Middle East and North Africa. In 2008 Darren’s responsibilities were further extended to include Northern Europe.

“I believe that the experiences gained in a multicultural country such as South Africa produces skilled international managers that can operate equally successfully in Europe, the Middle East or Asia,” Roos says. “With Software AG’s unique Business Process Excellence portfolio, a track record of more than 40 years of satisfied customers still using our services and my business experience, I look forward to replicating our South African success throughout EMEA.”

After studying law at the University of South Africa, Roos began his career in the ICT industry in sales and business development with Redflag Communications and Dimension Data.