Vatsan Govindarajan
Global Head of PLM and Engineering

Vatsan Govindarajan is the global head of the PLM and Engineering Organization, which builds solutions for the Research and Development line of business. These solutions help SAP’s customers bring new products to the market and align and optimize all the business processes required to turn ideas into viable products.

Vatsan is based at SAP Headquarters in Walldorf, Germany. 

Franz Hero
SVP Digital Supply Chain


Franz Hero is Head of SAP Digital Supply Chain, responsible for running a global development Line of Business (LoB). This organization provides innovative Digital Supply Chain and Manufacturing solutions, including the product portfolio of Design, Planning, Manufacturing, Delivery & Logistics, Operations/Asset Management and Logistics Business Network. Franz started his career at SAP in 1990 and has held many management positions in the areas of development, consulting and solution management ever since.

Michael Rödel
Business Process Senior Consultant, SAP Product Lifecycle Management


Michael Roedel is an SAP PLM solution consultant. He is mainly working on customer implementation projects. Michael has consulting, standard development and support experience since 2004, sharing his knowledge with customers from various industries.  He works closely together with standard development on the topic of SAP S/4HANA Cloud for intelligent product design (IPD).

Markus Pipp
Product Owner, Enterprise Content Management


Markus Pipp is Product owner for Enterprise Content Management by OpenText which covers everything from document and records management to information retrieval and collaboration. He works with customers from various lines of business and is responsible for the development backlog of Enterprise Content Management.

Petra Koepfer-Behncke
Head of PLM Global Outbound Product Management


Petra Koepfer-Behncke is Chief Solution Owner for SAP Product Lifecycle Costing, focusing on the SAP product costing as well as on all engineering-related products for research and development and SAP Product Lifecycle Management. She is the global go-to-market director for the product suite of research and development.

Carsten Dietze-Selent
Vice President, SAP S/4HANA Cloud for Intelligent Product Design


Carsten Dietze-Selent is heading the development for S/4HANA Cloud for intelligent product design. Together with his colleagues he is responsible for the development, delivery and operation of the product. Based out of Walldorf Carsten held roles at SAP Industry Business Units, Consulting and Development focusing on Discrete Industries.


Gerhard Himmelsbach
Product Owner, Engineering Control Center


Gerhard Himmelsbach is working since more than 20 years in the CAD/PLM business in different roles and companies. Since 2007 he is working in SAP’s PLM development organization with a focus on Discrete Manufacturing Industries and CAD integration and currently product owner for SAP Engineering Control Center.


Jens Erb
Product Owner, SAP S/4HANA Cloud for Intelligent Product Design - Engineering


Dr. Jens Erb is Area Product Owner for SAP S/4HANA Cloud for intelligent product design, focusing on the topics requirement management and systems engineering. He works closely with customers from various industries and is responsible for the development backlog.


Steffen Sommer
Business Process Senior Consultant, SAP Product Lifescycle Management


Steffen works in the area of Product Lifecycle Management as a Senior Business Consultant and has more than 15 years of cross-industrial experience in SAP consulting und business processes. His expertise is related to all topics in the area of Product Lifecycle Management.

Christian Markus
Systems Engineering, Coristo GmbH


Christian Markus is a graduate economist and has been working as a consultant and lecturer in the SAP Portfolio and Project Management as well as SAP Product Lifecycle Management environment for several years. ​

Since 2018 he has been devoting himself with special focus to the topics of Model Based Systems Engineering and SAP IPD at the SAP partner Coristo GmbH, Mannheim.

Michael Fecke
Head of R&D/Engineering Services and EAM Services


Michael Fecke is Head of Consulting for R&D/Engineering and Maintenance and is responsible for the implementation of solutions in the environment of SAP Enterprise Portfolio and Project Management.​

Mr. Fecke himself worked for more than 15 years as a consultant and project manager for SAP Portfolio and Project Management in various industries and for various customers.

Michael Spieß
Principal Development Architect


Michael holds a degree in business administration, specializing in business informatics, and began his SAP career as an ABAP developer at msg-systems in Munich. There he developed central functions of the SAP product "SAP Policy Management" for SAP. Later he changed to the mechanical engineering company "Heidelberger Druckmaschinen" and expanded the productive ERP system for the company's sales organizations as an in-house consultant. ​

By now he has been active for 8 years at SAP as a Principal Architect for customer-specific solutions. For two years, Michael has been working intensively with Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality technologies in the context of PLM software.

Ulf Petzel
Industry Solution Manager


As a Solution Owner for SAP Supply Base Optimization, Ulf is always looking for the best way our High Tech customers can be supported in managing their innovation, new product introduction, and procurement processes.​

In this regard, he managed respectively significantly contributed to both innovation and go-to-market activities of SAP's portfolio of R&D, procurement and master data management solutions over the course of the past decade, working with a variety of customers in the Discrete Manufacturing as well as Process Manufacturing industries.

Martin Goetze
Business Development for EHS / Sustainability


Martin Götze is a chemical and environmental engineer and has been working in the area of product compliance at SAP for more than 20 years.​

In various positions in SAP consulting, he has implemented product compliance solutions for many customers and is "Trusted Advisor" for several of our customers. 

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