SAP has appointed Andy Watson as senior vice president and general manager of SAP Concur across Asia Pacific and Japan (APJ) and Greater China, succeeding Nick Evered who is set to retire.
"Business travel is a growing budget component for many organisations and is set to expand exponentially in the coming years, with increasing globalisation and expansion of businesses beyond their national borders,” said Scott Russell, president of APJ at SAP.
“Watson brings to SAP Concur a wealth of experience and success across finance, sales and operations.
"I am confident that under his leadership, SAP Concur will drive continued momentum for our business and enable our customers in the region to be at the forefront of a dynamic business travel landscape."
In his new role, Watson will be responsible for accelerating the growth of the vendor’s business across the region, which serves 48,000 customers worldwide.
An IT industry veteran with over 30 years of experience, Watson joined SAP in 2003, subsequently serving in global and regional leadership roles, including most recently as the chief operating officer of SAP Cloud APJ.
In this position he was considered a core pillar in growing adoption for the vendor’s cloud strategy and expanding the internal capability around cloud while expanding the partner ecosystem around cloud.
“APJ and Greater China is an important region for SAP’s core business,” said Watson. “With the rapid economic development and pivoting of global businesses, this region is poised to expand even further as the largest business travel spending region globally.
“I am honoured to lead SAP Concur’s business in APJ and Greater China and to help businesses simplify and manage the complexities of a growing travel cost component while ensuring compliance and duty of care for their employees."
Prior to this role, he led the APJ business for SAP SuccessFactors, a global provider of cloud-based human capital management software, driving sales, customer engagement and collaboration across the business.
Before joining SAP, he held leadership roles around finance, operations, and business at organisations such as Compaq, Siebel and Fujitsu, where he held responsibility for managing post-merger activities, transforming the organisational structure, and executing corporate strategy.