SAP names ForgeRock’s Sumal Karu as channels head

SAP names ForgeRock’s Sumal Karu as channels head

Gets appointed as A/NZ global channels and general business general manager

SAP names ForgeRock’s Sumal Karu as channels head

SAP names ForgeRock’s Sumal Karu as channels head

Software company, SAP, has appointed Sumal Karu as its A/NZ global channels and general business general manager. The global channels and general business division replaces the global partner operations, which was formerly run by Greg Miller.

Karu joins the SAP A/NZ senior executive team, led by John Ruthven, on February 1. He will be responsible for driving a heightened focus on the SME market through new and existing sales channels – especially through the adoption of SAP Cloud solutions.

“Our global channels and general business team is poised to help our partners across /NZ scale with SAP in 2016. Sumal’s proven track record of building and leading high-growth sales teams will be invaluable as SAP and its partners serve the needs of the growing SME market across A/NZ,” SAP A/NZ president and managing director, John Ruthven, said.

Karu joins SAP A/NZ from ForgeRock, where he served as its Asia-Pacific and Japan senior vice-president for more than a year. In this role, he facilitated market entry for its Identity and Access solutions in Asia-Pacific and Japan.

Prior to that, he was the Asia-Pacific and Japan application delivery and service virtualisation vice-president at CA Technologies for almost two years in Singapore. Within CA Technologies, he was also the Asia-Pacific growth markets vice-president for almost three years.

In addition, Karu has worked in enterprise software since the mid-nineties and has held senior roles with organisations such as Netsuite across Asia-Pacific and Japan, as well as Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

“SAP has displayed a tremendous rate of innovation over the last few years, and there are significant opportunities for both local and global partners to scale with us in the A/NZ markets. I look forward to leading a team with incredible depth of expertise in the channel community and to engaging with our partners to help them deliver simple solutions to more growing companies,” Karu mentioned.

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