Keynote addresses

Keynote address: Sir Richard Branson

Wednesday, June 14

Excellent leaders believe their people come first. Challenging business leaders to put people first is Sir Richard Branson’s most recent endeavor. With his unique style and entrepreneurial spirit, he is calling on us all to put the health and culture of our teams at the top of our priority list. Join us in welcoming Sir Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group, to SuccessConnect London and learn how you can join the challenge and make a difference for your people and your organization. Read more about Sir Richard Branson.

Keynote address: Mike Ettling and friends

Tuesday, June 13

SAP SuccessFactors President Mike Ettling hosts an unconventional, un-keynote opening session on HR transformation and the future of work, joined by SAP SuccessFactors customers including Jon West, HR Director, Manufacturing for Jaguar Land Rover, and Julian Simee, Head of Corporate HR Strategy at Lufthansa. The conversation will cover how today’s digital imperatives are creating a mandate for a differentiated people experience, and technology like we use in our personal lives to support that experience.

Keynote address: Stefan Ries

Tuesday, June 13

Stefan Ries, CHRO and Labor Relations Director, is a member of the Executive Board of SAP SE with global responsibility for Human Resources. Stefan holds a masters of business in economics from the University of Constance, Germany. Prior to joining SAP he held HR leadership positions at Microsoft and Compaq and joined SAP in 2002. Stefan attaches great importance to a diverse working culture. To support innovation, he is convinced that appreciating people’s differences, unique backgrounds and personalities is a key success factor for SAP.

Keynote address: Bill McDermott

Wednesday, June 14

Bill McDermott is Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Executive Board of SAP SE, the world’s business software market leader with approximately 310,000 customers in 190 countries. He leads the company’s 78,000 employees and more than two-million-person ecosystem in executing SAP’s vision and strategy to make the world run better and improve people’s lives. Read Bill’s full bio.

Keynote Address: David Ragones and Thomas Otter

Wednesday, June 14

Join our heads of product David Ragones and Thomas Otter as they brew up a double espresso shot of innovation to jolt the movers and shakers of the HR technology world!

Keynote Address: Tamara Lohan

Wednesday, June 14

At the Women in Leadership luncheon, hear from Tamara Lohan on her perspectives on women in technology and business and balancing parenting with career progression.

Keynote speakers

Sir Richard Branson: Founder and President, Virgin Group, Global Entrepreneur, Adventurer and Philanthropist

Sir Richard Branson: Founder and President, Virgin Group, Global Entrepreneur, Adventurer and Philanthropist

Sir Richard Branson is Founder of the Virgin Group. Virgin is a leading international investment group and one of the world's most recognised and respected brands. Conceived in 1970 by Sir Richard Branson, the Virgin Group has gone on to grow successful businesses in sectors including mobile telephony, travel and transportation, financial services, leisure and entertainment and health and wellness. Virgin is a leading international investment group and one of the world's most recognised and respected brands.

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Mike Ettling, President, SAP SuccessFactors

Mike Ettling, President, SAP SuccessFactors

A seasoned executive with global experience in human capital and financial management, Mike leads the SAP SuccessFactors business for SAP, which includes the leading cloud solutions from SAP SuccessFactors, and its 6,000+ customers representing a cloud leading 46 million users, and the SAP® ERP Human Capital Management solution with today over 19,000 customers worldwide.

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Bill McDermott, SAP SE Chief Executive Officer

Bill McDermott, SAP SE Chief Executive Officer

Bill McDermott is Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Executive Board of SAP SE, the world’s business software market leader with approximately 310,000 customers in 190 countries. He leads the company’s 78,000 employees and more than two-million-person ecosystem in executing SAP’s vision and strategy to make the world run better and improve people’s lives. Read Bill’s full bio.

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Stefan Ries, SAP Chief of Human Resources Officer

Stefan Ries, SAP Chief of Human Resources Officer

Stefan Ries, CHRO and Labor Relations Director, is a member of the Executive Board of SAP SE with global responsibility for Human Resources. Stefan holds a masters of business in economics from the University of Constance, Germany. Prior to joining SAP he held HR leadership positions at Microsoft and Compaq and joined SAP in 2002. Stefan attaches great importance to a diverse working culture. To support innovation, he is convinced that appreciating people’s differences, unique backgrounds and personalities is a key success factor for SAP.

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Thomas Otter, Group Vice President of Product Management, SAP SuccessFactors

Thomas Otter, Group Vice President of Product Management, SAP SuccessFactors

Thomas Otter is Group Vice President of Product Management at SAP SuccessFactors. Thomas joined SAP SuccessFactors from Gartner, where he was a Research VP covering human capital management (HCM) technology and was Gartner’s lead analyst on SAP from 2009-2011. Prior to Gartner, Thomas held various roles at SAP, including business development, sales, and key account strategy. He holds a LLM in Computer Law, a PDM in HR Management, and a BA in Political Science.

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David Ragones, Group Vice President of Product Management, SAP SuccessFactors

David Ragones, Group Vice President of Product Management, SAP SuccessFactors

David Ragones is Group Vice President of Product Management at SAP SuccessFactors. Prior to joining SAP, David was founder and CEO of DreamCommerce, a leading mobile real estate start-up. Previously, he was a Director of Product Management at NVIDIA, where he managed the largest P&L in the Platform business unit as it grew from $100M to $1B+. David led software engineering teams at various venture-backed Bay Area start-ups. David earned a BSE degree in Computer Science from Princeton University and a MBA with High Honors from University of Michigan.use third image attachment below

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Tamara Lohan, Co-founder and CTO of Mr. & Mrs. Smith

Tamara Lohan, Co-founder and CTO of Mr. & Mrs. Smith

Tamara is an entrepreneur and technology strategist with a background in marketing. In 2002 she co-founded the boutique hotel travel specialists Mr & Mrs Smith with her husband James, and has been responsible for evolving the company’s digital infrastructure ever since. use third image attachment below

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