Helen Arnold

Helen Arnold

Palo Alto, Calif.


Digital Workplace, Leadership


Helen Arnold is the president of SAP Data Network, a business unit, initiated by the Executive Board in May 2016, that runs like a startup inside SAP. This appointment capitalizes on her strong background of leading the digital transformation for SAP as former CIO and Chief Process Officer. In building up this new growth engine for SAP, she works closely with the Executive Board and has relocated with her family to Silicon Valley. 

From May 2014 to April 2016, Helen served as SAP’s Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Chief Process Officer (CPO) for SAP SE as a member of the SAP Global Managing Board. 

As an innovation leader with comprehensive experience in reinventing the way SAP runs its business, Helen Arnold drove SAP’s continuous innovation journey in streamlining and rethinking internal processes and systems at SAP. As CIO and CPO, she was responsible for the adoption of SAP’s solution portfolio internally and, as such, renovated key business processes to match SAP’s cloud and platform strategy. Ingrid-Helen worked in close alignment with the business and development to ensure that SAP software is user-centric and innovative. She also ensured that processes and systems are closely aligned in order to strengthen enablement and efficiency across SAP’s lines of business. 

Helen led Business Innovation and Application Services from 2014 on, and led SAP cloud delivery from May 2014 to March 2015 operating powerful private (HANA Enterprise Cloud) and public managed Cloud solutions for SAP customers. From 2012 to 2013, she headed Enterprise Analytics & Innovative Solutions at SAP, driving the internal adoption agenda of innovative solutions for SAP and leading several board programs. 

Before that she held various positions within SAP, including business controller for the Global Consulting Organization and COO for Global Controlling. She began her career in the finance department at Lafarge (Canada) before joining SAP in 1996.  

She holds a Master´s degree in Business Studies from the University of Applied Sciences, Ludwigshafen.

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