Ecosystems in May, 2017. His job, he explains, is to help the company get to grips with the opportunities it has to grow externally. “We tend to define that as inorganic growth: oftentimes that can be a new strategic partnership or an acquisition or a strategic investment, but in essence our charter is really to help the company put its arms around strategic initiatives with global partners. We’re looking for initiatives that enable us to expand our portfolio and continue to help our customers and our ecosystem with the digital transformation that most of them are going through.”
“Data only has value when it helps you make better decisions and makes employees, customers and product users have a better experience with you” — Arlen Shenkman, Executive Vice President for Global Business Development & Ecosystems at SAP
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Arlen Shenkman Arlen Shenkman serves as executive vice president for global business development and ecosystems at SAP. He is responsible for business models, investments, and mergers and acquisitions. Before his current role, Shenkman served as CFO of SAP North America, SAP’s largest business unit, responsible for all finance functions in North America, including forecasting and planning, identifying efficiencies, and ensuring the region’s overall financial health. As part of the leadership team, Shenkman was engaged in driving new sales.
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