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SAP launches talent raids against Siebel and Oracle

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22nd Jun 2005
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SAP has been launching poaching raids on arch-rivals Siebel and Oracle - and has bagged several notable catches in the process.

The company announced that it has stolen way nine senior executives from Siebel to work in its Product & Technology Group (PTG), helmed by SAP's Shai Agassi.

Among the hires was Richard Campione, now SVP of industry solutions marketing for SAP and formerly group VP and GM of Siebel's financial services & public sector business; a second big hitter to defect from Siebel was nother hire is Nimish Mehta, now SVP of enterprise information management for SAP and formerly group VP of customer data integration at Siebel.

The most senior poaching was Bob Stutzm who had overall responsility for 21 vertical products lines at Siebel to take over as SVP of the PTG at SAP.

Joining SAP from Oracle are Mike Mayer, who becomes vice president for international association project development, and Dan Rosenberg, now senior vice president for user experience in its product and technology group. Mayer had been working as senior director for international projects at Oracle, and Rosenberg was the company's vice president of research and development for usability design.

Another Oracle recruit is John Zepecki, who will act as vice president of products for SAP’s xApps software unit. Zepecki is the former vice president of development for enterprise performance management at PeopleSoft.

In total, SAP says that has attracted more than 200 new workers from "competitive organizations" during the last 18 months."Over the past several months, we've augmented our current team's expertise with new talent that together will lead SAP in the enterprise application and platform markets for the next decade," said Agassi said in a statement.

"This wave of incoming talent proves that SAP is attractive not only to outside companies seeking a strong partner, but also to leaders outside our organisation who are looking to influence the industry through their work at SAP."

Research firm Ovum said that the defections from Oracle and Siebel were highly significant at a time of turbulence and uncertainty in the applications market. “This is particularly bad for Siebel,” said analyst David Bradshaw. “It is losing the 'dirty war' against SAP, and this has not helped by some of its own actions. Firing CEO Mike Lawrie after one bad quarter (though, it has to be said, it was a really bad quarter) seems like an unduly hasty move that precipitated the loss of confidence amongst senior Siebel staff.”

Elsewhere Chris Boorman, formerly of Oracle and latterly Vertitas, is joining Salesforce.com as marketing director EMEA.

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