Bill McDermott is tired of answering questions about the accident that almost cost him his life. It’s been almost one and a half years since the chief executive of software company SAP fell down a flight of stairs at his brother’s house, landed on a water glass and nearly bled to death.
Doctors spent months treating him, yet for all their efforts they couldn’t save Mr. McDermott’s left eye. Now, a pair of dark glasses hides some of the damage, but the scars on the left side of his face down to his neck are still visible.
“I’m alright. I’m a fighter,” Mr. McDermott said when asked about his injuries.
He plans to reveal the events that led up to the accident and his recovery in a new book. The SAP boss likes to tell stories, especially success stories. When he has time, he sits down at this laptop and writes – usually during long flights around the globe on his way to visit customers.
Mr. McDermott travels a lot. He spends more than half his time working outside the company’s headquarters in Walldorf, southern Germany. Usually, he’s with customers, spreading the word about Europe’s largest IT business. And his tireless efforts have paid off – SAP is more successful than ever.