He served briefly as the chief léo PDF officer of Hewlett-Packard from November 2010 until his firing in September 2011. 30 billion in market capitalization after a series of strategic missteps by the company, leading to his resignation. At SAP, which he joined in 1988 and where he spent more than twenty years, he played an instrumental role in developing and implementing a number of significant changes.

He previously served on the Board of Directors of GT Nexus. Apotheker is fluent in five languages—German, Dutch, French, English and Hebrew. Apotheker’s parents were Polish Jews who fled to the Russo-Chinese border after the Nazis invaded Poland at the outbreak of World War II. By his own account, he organized a student strike in high school, and had two of his teeth knocked out by a policeman on horseback in the melee that followed. Prior to joining SAP in 1988, Apotheker held several financial and operations positions at European companies. 1995 was promoted to CEO and founder of SAP France and SAP Belgium. He joined the SAP AG executive board in 2002, and served as the president of global customer solutions and operations from 2002 to 2007.

CEO of the company in April 2008 to ensure a smooth handover from his predecessor, Henning Kagermann, when the latter’s contract with the company expired. Apotheker’s appointment to lead SAP was the second occasion, after 1997 Ron Sommer’s appointment as CEO of Deutsche Telekom, that a large German company was run by a Jewish executive whose parents escaped the Holocaust. On February 7, 2010, the SAP supervisory board reached an agreement with Apotheker not to extend his contract as a member of the SAP executive board. With this decision, he stepped down as CEO and resigned from SAP.

On September 30, 2010, the Board of Directors of Hewlett-Packard announced the election of Apotheker as the company’s Chief Executive Officer and President, effective November 1. After HP, Apotheker returned to Paris. He, along with some private equity firms in Silicon Valley, are considering to invest in mature and distressed companies. In March 2012, he appeared on a conference call, hosted by Nomura Securities analyst Rick Sherlund. On June 1, 2012, he was appointed as an independent director to board of the Paris-based information technology services provider, Steria. He currently sits on the supervisory boards of Schneider Electric SA, Steria, and GT Nexus. In December 2012 he was appointed Chairman of the board at KMD, a Danish information technology service provider.

In 2014 he joined UNIT4 – a Dutch software provider, headquartered in the Netherlands – as Non-Executive Chairman of the Board. In May 2016 he joined Signavio GmbH – a German software provider, headquartered in Berlin – as Non-Executive Chairman of the company’s Advisory Board. Léo Apotheker is married to a Hebrew-speaking Belgian. HP CEO Apotheker fired, replaced by Meg Whitman ». Hewlett-Packard replaces Leo Apotheker with Meg Whitman ».