SAP Security Chief Likely To Join Infosys

by CXOtoday News Desk    Feb 26, 2015


Another senior executive of SAP is joining Infosys, the second largest IT services company headed by Vishal Sikka, a former executive board member at the German enterprise software company. According to a Bloomberg report, Gordon Muehl, a veteran at SAP, was leaving to take an executive role at Infosys.

Muehl had joined SAP as a developer in 1998. As technology companies devote more resources to software security, Muehl had begun an effort to foster cooperation among SAP and other business-software providers to share more information about the security of open-source software. SAP supplies applications used in financial planning, manufacturing and human resources to thousands of companies.

At Infosys, he is expected to become a vice-president, with focus on business development and customers’ technology projects, based in Germany, the report added.

The report said: “For seven years at SAP, Muehl reported to Vishal Sikka, who took over as Infosys’s chief executive officer (CEO) in August 2014. Hiring Muehl is a further move by Infosys to inject software know-how into a company best known for contract programming and technical support.”

While neither Infosys, nor SAP commented on the report, after Sikka joined Infosys in June last year, several of his former colleagues from SAP have followed him to join Infosys to join leadership roles. Michael Reh, a former executive vice-president at SAP, joined Infosys soon after Sikka assumed the role of the CEO and managing director. He is heading the product and platform businesses of Infosys, including banking solutions Finacle and Edgeverve, which focus on products and platforms.

Others who joined Infosys from SAP are Abdul Razack and Ritika Suri. Thy are now heading the big data and analytics practice, and mergers and acquisitions (M&As)’s initiatives, respectively. The other SAP executives in charge of critical roles include Sanjay Rajagopalan and Navin Budhiraja.


However, at the company’s second-quarter earnings’ press conference, Sikka clearly stated, “Well, a few of my friends and colleagues have joined. But also many colleagues have joined from outside.”

The Bloomberg report also states: “At Infosys, Sikka is using acquisitions, development of automated IT management tools, and investments in startups to try to move the company into more profitable work for its customers, which include large multinational firms.