Les Hayman was formerly the Chairman & CEO of SAP EMEA, President & CEO of SAP Asia Pacific and Managing Director of SAP Australia / New Zealand. He went on to be Head of SAP Global Human Resources before retiring in June 2006. He has since continued in his involvement as an SAP Ambassador and represents the interests of SAP Globally in areas as diverse as The Presidents International Advisory Council in South Africa and the Board of the St. Petersburg Graduate School of Management, as well as being a regular Keynote Speaker on the SAP World Tour.
In 2011 he co-founded and now serves as President of AtelierSAP, an organization for ex-SAP senior Executives. He is as well Chairman of the Board for the ROC Group of Companies (UK), a Board Member of RED Commerce (UK), Matchcode-AG (Switzerland) and Chairman of Hunite (Netherlands), as well as having several consulting, coaching and advisory roles to a number of Companies across Europe and the US.
He is a particularly vocal supporter of initiatives to drive innovation in Europe so that European companies can compete on the global stage. He brings to bear his 40+ years’ experience in building companies and doing business throughout the globe, through his tenure as Chairman and CEO of SAP’s EMEA region and, prior to this, as President and CEO for SAP in the Asia-Pacific region. Les was appointed to the SAP Global Board in 1999.
From February 2003 to May 2005, Les was Head of SAP Global Human Resources, responsible for all of SAP’s Human Resources activities worldwide. He applied his then 38 years of business experience to the goal of more closely aligning HR with business strategy, ensuring that people are valued and nurtured but also analyzed, measured and developed as key corporate assets, a trend he believes will be increasingly important as companies face the on-going challenges of product commoditization and competitive differentiation. He brings hands-on insights into building a global organization spanning multiple cultures and geographies to his discussions with government and industry bodies around the issues of identifying and developing the skill sets required to stimulate innovation in the business of the future.
Les maintains active personal contact with many senior business and government representatives encountered through his global business experience and has been a member and speaker in various associations and forums as diverse as The Information Industry Association in Australia; Future of Applications Conference in Singapore; The APA Auditors’ Forum in Thailand; Russian Public Sector Conference in Moscow, The International EAPM HR Conference in Dublin, World Ice Hockey Championships in Zurich, Driving Innovation Conference in Boston and The Global Heads of Marketing Conference in Berlin. He sat on the Technology Advisory Boards for both Malaysia and South Africa, served a two year term as a Board member of the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore, and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Apart from his professional activities, he is a regular lecturer at universities and business schools, and a sought after Speaker across the Globe.