Nikolaus Kirner is Chief Procurement Officer at SAP responsible for the procurement of all goods and services globally and leading a transformational program to operate the Global  Procurement Function as a strategic business partner. Starting his career at Deutsche Lufthansa with a 20-year track record of outstanding executive leadership success in the airline, retail, travel and tech industries, Nikolaus can point to a background of leading various procurement and supply chain transformations. As a global head of transformation managing a huge strategy implementation and cost out programme as well as a managing director leading cross-functional management teams servicing substantial multinational clients 

A noted thought leader, Nikolaus contributes articles to international journals and speaker at industry conferences and events. He holds an MBA (Hons) from Friedrich-Alexander University, Germany and completed the European ERASMUS Program (International Relations) with Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. 

Married with two young sons, Nikolaus enjoys relaxing by playing football and tennis. He has fun on a motorbike and can often be seen having a run before work.