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After completing a degree in business administration at the University of Mannheim and a doctorate in the field of production planning with a focus on operations research, followed by a research fellowship in the USA, Claus Heinrich joined SAP in 1987. There, he quickly took over as head of the Logistics Controlling development area. After being appointed to the Executive Board in 1996, he was initially responsible for logistics applications with a focus on production planning and control. Under his leadership, SAP became the world leader in supply chain management solutions. At the same time, Claus was responsible for the further development of SAP R/3, the business software in enterprise resource planning (ERP). In 2005, he became globally responsible for internal IT, quality management, software production and the optimization of internal business processes. In addition, he was responsible for all development centers worldwide. Furthermore, he was the head of global human resources and, in his role as Personnel Director, he was in charge of employee relations.
In 2009, he founded Heidelberg-based sovanta AG and is still managing the fast-growing company today as CEO. sovanta AG optimizes SAP applications with simple, intelligent and efficient solutions that simplify the daily work of employees and customers and therefore reduce costs.
Claus Heinrich is a renowned expert and author of numerous articles and books in the field of supply chain management. His academic background also influences the choices he makes in terms of his additional responsibilities, and he is particularly interested in promoting close networking between science and industry. For example, Claus Heinrich fosters this networking in his roles as Honorary Senator of the University of Heidelberg and as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Universities of Mannheim and Heidelberg. This equally applies to his long-standing commitments to BITKOM, the German Logistics Association, the German Association for Human Resource Management and the Rhine-Neckar Metropolitan Region.
Claus Heinrich has been Chairman of the Board of Directors at SNP since June 2021.