Russell will be joined on the executive board by former Microsoft Azure product marketing lead Julia White, who has been hired as chief marketing and solutions officer.
"We are very pleased to have both Julia and Scott join the Executive Board to help continue SAP's strategic direction," said SAP supervisory board chairman Professor Hasso Plattner.
Russell has more than 20 years of experience in sales, management, consulting and technology.
He was been with SAP's Asia Pacific operation for more than ten years, most recently as its president.
Earlier in his career Russell worked for IBM and PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Russell studied business and commerce at Deakin University.
"I am honoured and would like to thank the Supervisory Board for putting trust in me," said Russell. "With our industry-leading team, I will build on the great foundation laid by Adaire [Fox-Martin], who has my deepest respect for the leadership and foresight she demonstrated during our many years of close collaboration.
"Our future is bright, driving and accelerating the strategic digital transformation of our customers around the world."