Thursday, 18 June 2015 02:05

SAP Asian exec joins Australia, NZ business as COO

Jim Fisher, SAP Australia/NZ Jim Fisher, SAP Australia/NZ

SAP has appointed an Asian-based executive of its global partner operations business as Chief Operating Officer (COO) for SAP Australia and New Zealand (ANZ).

Jim Fisher joins SAP in Australia from Southeast Asia where he established a strong team that now drives more than half of SAP’s revenue in a number of countries in the region.

In the Australian role, Fisher succeeds John Ruthven, who has been promoted to president and managing director for SAP ANZ. Fisher is responsible for leading SAP’s local Presales, Industry Value Engineering and Sales Operations teams.

Fisher, has more than 20 years’ experience in the IT industry, managing and directing sales and marketing operations teams throughout the Asia Pacific and Japan (APJ) region in previous roles including vice president of channel sales for CA Technologies APJ, vice president at Sterling Software APJ and, here in Australia as managing director at Information Advantage.

“Equipping our customers to thrive in an increasingly digital and global economy is at the heart of the SAP business,” said Ruthven.

“As we continue to grow with our customers in Australia and New Zealand, Jim’s experience and track record in driving successful organisations will be invaluable in his tenure as COO. We look forward to the contributions he and his team will deliver to our business, and to our partners and customers.”

“It is an exciting time to work with Australian and New Zealand organisations as they continue on their path of digital transformation,” Fisher said.

“When it comes to innovation, there are a number of first movers here across technologies such as cloud, the Internet of Things and our SAP HANA platform. I look forward to simplifying how the SAP team engages with and enables our customers to be more successful in an increasingly digital and global economy.”

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Peter Dinham - retired in 2020. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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