The clock strikes midnight. It’s time to go public – all the way. SAP’s secrets revealed.
“Là où les autres passent, je m’arrête.” -René Villemure
Léo Apotheker’s collaborator 1995-1999,
his conscience 2007-2009,
his friend February-September 2010,
his shadow October 2010-April 2011,
his biographer May 2011-September 2013.
Since March 2014:
Fighting against the harassment organized by SAP to destroy my family and myself
One cannot change the past; however, one can create the future. Different. Better. Human.
Tomorrow is something to act on, not to read about…
“I want a public trial, buddy.
Until you end up behind bars; with Plattner in the same cell, can you picture it?
It will be the beginning of a new world. A better world.”
“Apotheker built global enterprise sales at SAP like no-one else before or since”.
Precisely. The question is, how?
Behind the answer hide a few surprises…
A performance, yes; however not a noble one.
Léo, declared Knight of the Legion of Honor under the government of Nicolas Sarkozy.
Some medals are clearly worthless.
“Honor” is a word that has lost its meaning.
“You write in order to change the world, knowing perfectly well that you probably can’t… The world changes according to the way people see it, and if you alter, even by a millimeter, the way people look at reality, then you can change it. ” —James Baldwin
From Book to Public Trial
The clock strikes midnight. It’s time to go public – all the way.
There is no such thing as “too big to jail”.
Some have used that phrase to describe the theory that certain financial institutions, even if they engage in criminal misconduct, should be considered immune from prosecution due to their sheer size and their influence on the economy.
That view is mistaken, and it is a view that has been rejected by the Department of Justice.
To be clear: No individual or company, no matter how large or how profitable, is above the law. When the Department of Justice conducts investigations, we will always follow the law and the facts wherever they lead.
When laws indeed appear to have been broken, and the evidence supports the allegations, a company’s size will never be a shield from prosecution or penalty.
I am personally monitoring the status of these ongoing investigations, I am resolved to seeing them through, and in doing so, I intend to reaffirm the principle that no individual nor entity that does harm to our economy is ever above the law.
- Eric Holder, Attorney General of the United States
Co-CEO’s Jim Snabe and Bill McDermott are promising a new SAP. They’re promising a new relationship with customers and employees. Nothing much said about partners….hmmm. Internally the inevitable blood letting that occurs following the departure of a CEO is ongoing. What they’re all missing is a discussion around how SAP harnesses the passion of the Caroline’s of this world. Work on that and things could change dramatically.- Dennis Howlett
While Jim and I have only been in the Co-CEO role for a short time, one thing that has really impressed us has been the passion of SAP employees around the world. We don’t see that passion wasted as Dennis Howlett indicates. I encourage you to continue to keep an eye on us as we lead SAP to become an even more amazing company.- Bill McDermott
I honestly don’t need lectures on courage. Apotheker potentially would still sit in the SAP CEO seat if I hadn’t had the courage to prevent that.- Herbert Heitmann
Should we speak face to face one of these days?- Bruno Villetelle, Nestlé
Il y a tellement de cadres supérieurs chez SAP qui vivent dans un contexte et une culture de gestion particulière. Leo était le chef mais pas la seule cause de toutes les difficultés reliées aux projets de tes clients. Oui, il aurait pu prendre les décisions requises pour pallier aux problèmes que tu vivais sur le terrain. Il ne l’a pas fait, comme plusieurs grands chefs ne font pas ce qu’on attend d’eux.- Jacques Woods
Léo Apotheker ne vous a jamais donné l’autorisation préalable à la tenue d’une telle conférence de presse au cours de laquelle des éléments relatifs à sa vie privé et à son droit à l’image sont manifestement susceptibles d’être divulgués et diffusés, notamment via la presse qui relaierait l’événement.- Emmanuel Pierrat, Lawyer