Software AG appoints Nicky Sheridan, Ex-Oracle Veteran, as new Senior Vice President for Middle East, Africa and Turkey.

After 22 very successful years with Oracle, Nicky Sheridan has decided to join Software AG to lead their business in the fast-growing region of Middle East
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates ( March 24, 2013 - March 24, 2013
Software AG has announced the appointment of Nicky Sheridan as Senior Vice President - Middle East, Africa and Turkey.

After 22 very successful years with Oracle, Nicky Sheridan has decided to join Software AG to lead their business in the fast-growing region of Middle East, Turkey & Africa. Software AG is investing heavily in the MEA Region and Nicky's experience not only with Middleware Solutions but also in the MEA Region is a very exciting prospect for companies looking to modernize their businesses and gain competitive advantage with innovative and reliable enterprise solutions.

"We are extremely pleased to have Nicky Sheridan join Software AG. I have no doubt that Nicky's proven track record and focus on value creation for the customer will help position Software AG as leader in the Middle East, Africa and Turkey markets. His new role puts him at the forefront of Software AG's strategic growth plans in Middle East, Africa and Turkey. Being a natural leader and a strategic thinker, we believe that Nicky Sheridan is the right person to develop Software AG operations and presence in the region as he builds on the important gains we have achieved in the region over the past few years." said Marco Gerazounis, who recently moved to a new regional role as Senior Vice President for EMEA.

Nicky Sheridan said: "Software AG has been developing and introducing technology solutions that have empowered businesses worldwide to reach their full potential and break new frontiers. Software AG has a competitive advantage over the larger companies. Its software has "Made in Germany" stamped all over it, the Mercedes Benz of software. It works! The company stays very close to its customers. It doesn't make sales, it forms partnerships. It is therefore a great opportunity to be part of an organization that is driven by a passion for excellence, leadership and innovation. I am eager to share my ideas and utilize my deep understanding of the regional market dynamics to help chart a successful and profitable future for the company in the Middle East, Africa and Turkey."

Who is Nicky Sheridan?
Prior to joining Software AG, Nicky held a variety of roles at Oracle from HQ in California to his base in Cape Town, South Africa. As a Chartered Accountant (KPMG) Nicky started with Oracle as its Internal Audit Manager and worked in a variety of Finance & Operations Director roles in Australia, Denmark & Eastern Europe. In 1993, He started Oracle operations in Hungary. In 1998, Oracle was the pioneer of Shared Services and Simplified, Standardized, Automated & Centralized their back office processes in in Dublin, Ireland. Nicky started this initiative, managed the 400 people in the SSC and build a reference site for customers, globally to visit.

Prior to taking up the role of Vice-President and Managing Director of Oracle Ireland in 2003, Nicky was Vice President of Oracle's Shared Services Centre in Dublin, which services all of Oracle's back office services for EMEA. In October 2005, Sheridan took up the appointment of Vice President & Managing Director of Oracle South Africa, and three years later, in June, Sheridan was promoted to Vice President CMUT MEA & Country Leader Oracle South Africa and in 2011 Nicky was promoted to Vice President for Middleware in MEA.

About Software AG
Founded in 1969 in Darmstadt, Germany, Software AG is the global leader in Business Process Excellence. Our more than 40 years of innovation include the invention of the first high-performance transactional database,Adabas; the first business process analysis platform, ARIS; the first B2B server and SOA-based integration platform, webMethods; and pioneering big data technology with Terracotta's BigMemory.

We offer our customers a variety of end-to-end solutions that deliver low total cost of ownership and high ease of use. Our industry-leading brands, ARIS, webMethods, Adabas, Natural, CentraSite, Terracotta and IDS Scheer Consulting, represent a unique portfolio encompassing: process strategy, design, integration and control; SOA-based integration and data management; efficient management of big data; process-driven SAP implementation; and strategic process consulting and services.

Software AG had revenues of around €1.1 billion in 2011 and has more than 5,500 employees serving enterprise and public institution customers across 70 countries. The company is headquartered in Germany and listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (TecDAX, ISIN DE 0003304002 / SOW).

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