SAP CEO McDermott will remain CEO after losing eye in accident

SAP Bill McDermott lost an eye and "nearly bled to death" in an accident at a relative's home in July. He's on the mend and will be able to continue to lead SAP.

SAP CEO Bill McDermott has lost his left eye following an accident in July, but will remain as leader of the company.

According to the German newspaper Wirtschafts Woche, McDermott fell down a flight of stairs in July carrying a water glass. He nearly bled to death from his injuries.

McDermott told Wirtschafts Woche that he feels strong and can continue to lead SAP.

Nevertheless, the paper reported that SAP's supervisory board had a succession plan, but details are unknown.

McDermott will be able to fly again next month and will be at SAP's Walldorf, Germany headquarters in early October.

Hasso Plattner, SAP's Chairman, told Wirtschafts Woche that McDermott suffered the injuries and "almost bled to death."

On Facebook, McDermott detailed the accident:

Today, news about my recent accident made a few headlines. Many of you have reached out to me with well wishes, as well as some questions as to what happened, so I wanted to share a few facts and thoughts.

In early July, I was visiting my father on his 76th birthday. Unfortunately during my stay, I slipped and fell while holding a glass of water, and the injuries caused by falling on the broken glass were significant. I suffered facial fractures, severe lacerations, and extensive damage to my eye.

After returning home from extensive surgery and a week's worth of recovery time in the hospital, I had numerous additional procedures to repair the facial injuries and multiple surgeries to attempt to regain sight in my eye. Unfortunately, despite doing everything possible, the eye could not be saved and was removed earlier this week. After a 6 - 8 week healing period, I will be fitted with a prosthetic eye. Although this was not the outcome I had hoped for, I feel grateful, optimistic and hopeful.

I feel grateful because I've lost people I love, and know that losing an eye is in no way comparable to losing a piece of your heart. I am more grateful than ever for my family, who have been by my side these past weeks--and throughout my life. I am also grateful to the hardworking, committed women and men I have met during these past weeks of surgeries and recovery. Without their talent, I wouldn't have come this far.

I feel optimistic because that's who I am. I learned this from my mother, whose indomitable spirit I inherited, and which has always helped me push through challenges. Just as every life experience has made me wiser and stronger, I know this one will, too.

Finally, I feel hopeful in part because of something a friend reminded me: true insight doesn't come from what we see, but from what we know and feel. I have lost an eye, not my curiosity or my compassion. I am no less capable of leading SAP, or any less committed to the audacious goals we've set for the company. Thanks to my family, my friends, and my colleagues, my spirits are higher than ever.

Work has always energized me, and today, I'm more driven than ever to fulfill my duties and promises as SAP's CEO. I've been talking with Hasso Plattner and SAP's leaders, my colleagues, our partners and customers for weeks, and now that the doctors say I can fly I'm heading to the airport in early October to see my second family, in Germany.

This is an important time for SAP, a company made up of thousands of talented, hard-working people that deserve the spotlight much more than I do. So, enough said. Thank you for your friendship and support. Now, it's time for me to get back to work.

Via Bloomberg.


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