Handelsblatt interview

SAP CEO: 'I'm a Fighter'

Bill McDermott SAP CEO Bloomberg
In Davos, SAP chief Bill McDermott said companies involved in innovation were upbeat.
  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    SAP CEO Bill McDermott’s outlook on life changed, in many ways for the better, after an accident that cost him his left eye.

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    • SAP, the world’s largest maker of business software, cooperates with many research institutions in applying its Hana database to the medical field.
    • Mr. McDermott is writing a book about the accident and its aftermath.
    • He believes that private data is effectively protected in the Cloud.
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Bill McDermott is back.

That was the message from the chief executive of SAP, the world’s largest maker of business software.

Mr. McDermott has rarely been seen in public since his accident last July which cost him his left eye and nearly his life.

But, he said, “I’m a fighter.” This week, attending the World Economic Forum, Mr. McDermott gave one interview after the next.

He described how he had had plenty of time to think since his accident, and outlined several important conclusions in an interview with Handelsblatt.

One will find its way into a book he is writing, Mr. McDermott said. Another will steer SAP towards new fields of business – including health care.

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