Léo Apotheker is currently Chairman of KMD, Chairman of Unit4, Vice Chairman, Lead Independent Director and Chair of the Nomination and Governance Committee of Schneider-Electric SE, Non-Executive Director of P2 Energy management systems and of Nice Inc. He is the former President & CEO of Hewlett Packard (HP). Prior to his role at HP, Léo was the CEO of SAP AG, the global leader in enterprise application software.
He started his business career as a financial controller for the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. From there, he moved to S.W.I.F.T. in Brussels, which was where Léo discovered his passion for technology and software. After S.W.I.F.T., he moved to McCormack & Dodge’s Paris based EU headquarters to drive the company’s continental European expansion.
In 1988, he was recruited by SAP with the challenge to conquer the French and subsequently the Belgian markets. In 1992, Léo co-founded ECsoft, a venture backed pan-European start up, and served as President & COO until 1994. He returned to SAP in 1995 and became the company’s driving force behind the successful drive in achieving global market leadership from the late 90s until early 2010. He was awarded the French Légion d’Honneur for his contribution in leveraging the usage of IT technologies in France.
Léo graduated from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem in economics and international relations. He is fluent in five languages, and lives in London with his wife Liliane.