SAP SI Names Klaus Schottenhamel President and CEO of U.S. Operations

ATLANTA, June 16 /PRNewswire/ -- SAP Systems Integration America, LLC (SAP SI America) today announced the appointment of Klaus Schottenhamel to the position of president and CEO. Schottenhamel will play a key role in managing Web-based integration activities and overseeing the company's sales, marketing, and customer operations in the United States. SAP SI America is a subsidiary of German-based SAP Systems Integration AG, with extensive industry knowledge and a specific focus in the United States on industries like manufacturing, beverage, higher education, and print media industries. Specializing in systems integration, SAP SI America optimizes heterogeneous system environments, even across company boundaries.

Schottenhamel brings more than twenty years of strategic, consulting, and technical expertise in implementing SAP(R) solutions, including his most recent position at Inforte, where he oversaw the development and delivery of the company's SAP solution offerings. Schottenhamel also served as a member of the executive board of Plaut AG, a large SAP integration partner. As a member of the executive board, Schottenhamel was responsible for the launch of several Plaut international business units, including Plaut South Africa, Plaut UK, and Plaut Consulting Inc. USA. At Plaut Consulting Inc. USA, Schottenhamel built the company's U.S. presence from the ground up and was responsible for significant increases in the company's roster of customers and solution offerings. Schottenhamel also served as a member of the SAP National Partner Advisory Council and in executive management positions with technology companies that include Living Systems, Inc., a business-to-business Internet trading platform company, and ConnectUS, LLC.

"Klaus joins SAP SI with a wealth of technology integration and consulting industry experience, which is essential as we further expand our footprint in the United States," said Alfred Ermer, executive board member, SAP Systems Integration AG. "Klaus' extensive technical SAP expertise and business process knowledge will further contribute to SAP SI's role as a trusted advisor to our customers. Klaus brings the best of both worlds -- systems integration and consulting knowledge -- thereby providing a strategic voice to our clients."

With Schottenhamel's appointment, the company will continue to effectively support the needs of companies operating in SAP SI's focus industries by delivering integrated business processes and tools that ultimately improve productivity, reduce cycle time, and drive down costs in the business.

About SAP Systems Integration AG

SAP Systems Integration AG (SAP SI) provides industry-specific services for the IT environment of midsize to large companies. As an international company, SAP SI implements and manages both SAP and non-SAP solutions. Specializing in systems integration, SAP SI optimizes heterogeneous system environments -- even across company boundaries. SAP SI employs about 1,700 people worldwide and achieved revenues of $ 279 million (U.S.) in its fiscal year 2002. SAP holds a 70% ownership stake in SAP SI.

This press release contains forward-looking statements based on beliefs of SAP SI management. Any statements contained in this press release that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements as defined in the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The words "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "may," "plan," "project," "should" and "will" and similar expressions as they relate to SAP SI are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. Such statements reflect the current views and assumptions of SAP SI, and all forward-looking statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties that could cause results to differ materially from expectations. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of their dates. SAP SI undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements.

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CONTACT: Chris Durkin of SAP Systems Integration America, LLC,
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Edwards, +1-202-530-4632, Email Contact, EDT, or Mirko Lueck,
+49-69-2380958, Email Contact, CET, both of Burson-Marsteller, for SAP
Systems Integration America, LLC

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