Thứ Tư, 24 tháng 5, 2017

Spotlight on Women Leaders at SAP: Cathy Daum

Cathy Daum, senior vice president of Global Channels and General Business EMEA at SAP, may have grown up in the United Kingdom, but her multi-cultural upbringing — her mother was Swiss — makes her uniquely qualified for her regional leadership role across many countries.

After earning her university degrees in England, she jumped at the first opportunity to work abroad, eventually residing in France, Spain, Sweden, and the Netherlands to pursue her career.

Daum can count on exercise in any kind of weather by walking Clyde, her 40-kilo Bernese mountain dog

Despite graduating with degrees in Spanish and French, Daum has always worked in the software industry. She joined SAP over 10 years ago, and is now based in the Netherlands, where she’s lived for the last 28 years. Leading a regional team of employees in EMEA, Daum is laser-focused on executing the company’s strategy for small and medium-sized business, one of SAP’s important growth pillars. In this exclusive SAP News interview, Daum opens up about what’s behind her international career odyssey.

Having a multi-cultural experience…
Has been deeply ingrained in me since childhood, and it’s turned into a natural marriage between my personal life and career.

My mother was a single parent and…
This was a real impetus for my career focus. I realized how difficult it was for my mother to bring up both my sister and I by herself, underscoring the importance of financial independence in my own life.

One of the most influential role models in my life was…
My grandfather, who came from a family of 13 children, and was an incredibly successful, self-made businessman with a strong moral compass. He taught me a lot about life and business.

Languages have always fascinated me because…
My mother’s native tongue was French, and I studied languages at University, giving me the wanderlust to travel and explore an international career.

Even when it’s meant some personal sacrifice I’ve always…
Jumped at good career opportunities. You have to show that kind of ambition and flexibility to progress, especially early in your career. Some moves may have come at inconvenient times, but my husband, family and I have made it work.

What I enjoy most about the software industry is…
That you can always see the impact of what you are selling to support customer business outcomes.

It’s a great time for women to…
Enter the IT industry where they have tremendous opportunities for a wonderful career path working with cutting-edge technologies that are fueling fast-moving transformation across markets and society.

Many women erroneously believe…
They need to have a computing or scientific education for a career in the IT industry, but this isn’t the case at all. I came into software from a linguistics background. I see many other women from a variety of educational backgrounds. Of course early on, we should also to encourage more girls and young women to study math and science.

My advice to young women considering a career in high technology is to…
Join a company that pays more than lip service to diversity. For example, SAP has done a huge amount to promote diversity, including our Early Talent Program that fast tracks career paths for young workers, and by hiring more women in leadership positions. Diversity is not only about women, but employees in any minority group who are vital to global business.

Businesses can attract more women to high tech by…
Insisting on having at least one solid female candidate for consideration in every open position – this is something SAP does. And, if you have two candidates of equal capabilities, I believe hiring the woman is the right thing to do until we get the balance right.

I’m obsessed with…
Making sure we achieve SAP’s ambitious growth objectives in the fiercely competitive cloud market across EMEA. A huge part of this is helping our long-time, loyal partners quickly transition to cloud-based innovation, as well as fostering those that are born-in-the-cloud to make the most of the latest advances for our shared customers.

One pivotal thing that has brought me to where I am today is…
Consistency. While I’ve had my share of multi-million euro deals negotiated long into the night on the last day of the quarter, I’m most proud of the ongoing accomplishments of my thriving team in EMEA, which last year was one of the fastest growth areas for SAP.

Working with partners has been…
One of the most satisfying aspects of my career, helping them develop their own strategy, define their business model and execute on it.

In a sea of fast-paced innovation, I stay centered and productive by…
Having a clear operating plan to execute against and targeted agreed-upon objectives and KPIs.

When I’m not working, I…
Kick back and relax by walking my dog, exercising at the gym, and renovating our home in France.

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