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Reports suggest Shawn Price (pictured above) was fired from SAP; the German software giant said this is inaccurate

Reports suggest Shawn Price (pictured above) was fired from SAP; the German software giant said he decided to leave the company

Head of cloud sales at German software company SAP, Shawn Price, has left the company according to a corporate spokesperson. The departure comes barely a week after a high-level executive reshuffle that saw the departure of Dr. Vishal Sikka, executive board member for products and innovation and one of the key architects of the company’s HANA cloud business.

Multiple reports claim Price was fired from his post, in part because cloud sales weren’t taking off as quickly as sales in traditional software licenses were declining. In April it said it grew first quarter net income three per cent year-on-year; new software licenses fell five per cent year-on-year.

But a SAP corporate spokesperson told Business Cloud News those reports are inaccurate.

“With a sense of accomplishment as demonstrated in our performance results, Shawn has decided that now is the right time to pursue new opportunities in his distinguished career and we wish him all the best,” the spokesman said.

Price’s responsibilities will be divided among an executive team, confirming a big shift in strategy that will see cloud computing become more embedded across the business as it seeks to generate more from hosted SAP solutions and the recently released HANA cloud platform.

Price was previously president of SAP’s cloud-based human resources company SuccessFactors (acquired in 2012) and served as president of SAP’s cloud businesses following Bob Calderoni’s departure in January. At the time, Kevin Costello, who was put in charge of Ariba once it too was acquired by SAP, had also left the company.

At the time, SAP said that it would make a series of personnel changes and adjustments in a bid to “simplify its organisation globally” as cloud computing starts to penetrate the core of its business moving forward.

Indeed, Price’s departure caps off a series of high profile executive reshuffles at SAP. Earlier this week the German software giant appointed Robert Enslin, president of global customer operation and Bernd Leukert, head of application innovation, to the executive board. As part of that announcement Dr. Vishal Sikka, executive board member for products and innovation and one of the key architects of the company’s HANA cloud platform resigned citing personal reasons.

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