Forbes has featured him as the HR punk rocker who disrupts and innovates while challenging the status quo

Worldwebforum speaker Stefan Ries

Stefan Ries

CHRO, SAP, Mannheim, Germany

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Worldwebforum speaker Stefan Ries
Worldwebforum speaker Stefan Ries
Worldwebforum speaker Stefan Ries
Worldwebforum speaker Stefan Ries

Why you should listen

The volumes of HR data Stefan Ries has to deal with serving SAP’s 95,000 global employees feel insurmountable.

However, Stefan, with his formidable team, has found a way to avoid the usual pitfalls of HR data management by launching the cloud-based SAP SuccessFactors Employee Central, powered by SAP HANA. It is intended to serve as the main system of record that can accommodate an organization’s changing workforce structure better than a traditional on-premises software–from Talent Acquisition, Workforce Analytics, and Succession Planning.

Stefan strongly believes in HR being the heart of human revolution through effectively implementing digital transformation that’s focused on growing talent, leading people, and simplifying the organization that takes part in one holistic learning experience. He invests in a consistent and clean approach to professional development across all management levels.

As an HR executive who has worked in Microsoft, Compaq and Egon Zehnder International, he appreciates the differences among people and attributes their unique backgrounds and personalities as one of the key success factors of a company.

Hear Stefan speak at Worldwebforum 2020 about what he believes are the HR drivers of success: Simplification, Standardization and Customer Satisfaction.

About SAP

At SAP, our purpose is to help the world run better and improve people’s lives. Our promise is to innovate to help our customers run at their best. SAP is committed to helping every customer become a best-run business.

We engineer solutions to fuel innovation, foster equality, and spread opportunity across borders and cultures. Together, with our customers and partners, we can transform industries, grow economies, lift up societies, and sustain our environment. #TheBestRun


My name is Stefan Ries. I am the Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) and Labor Relations Director of SAP SE as well as a member of the Executive Board with global responsibility for HR.

Our HR strategy enables the company’s transformation to the digital age. It focuses on “grow our talent,” “lead our people,” “simplify our organization,” and “one learning experience.

” To ensure a successful partnership with our internal customers, and the implementation of forward thinking programs, we follow three guidelines in HR as the drivers of success: Simplification, Standardization and Customer satisfaction.

I believe that a diverse working culture supports innovation and growth. Appreciating the differences among people, their unique backgrounds and personalities is a key success factor for us at SAP.

My earlier experience spans executive roles at Microsoft, Compaq, SAP and Egon Zehnder International.