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Interview with Dr. Karl Michael Popp

by | Jun 14, 2021 | Interviews,

Karl Michael Popp

Karl Michael Popp

Senior Director Corporate Strategy & Corporate Development at SAP

Key Topics:Mergers, Acquisitions, Digitisation, Merger Automation, Software, Software Ecosystems
Karl is a member of the Corporate Development and Strategy Team in the Office of the CEO at SAP SE in Germany. In his twenty-five year career at large and small software companies, he has successfully completed over thirty acquisitions and successful merger integrations as well as a few divestitures. He is a speaker, author and advisor on software and platform business models, software ecosystems and merger automation and he runs workshops and trainings on digital M&A and merger integration.

How did you get to become an expert in your key topics?

Being an economist and information scientist by education, I am perfectly equipped to be successful in the tech industry. Over twenty years, I have been working on bringing together successful software companies in strategic partnerships and mergers and acquisitions.

What sub-topics are you most passionate about?

I believe the future of M&A is digital. Platforms and digital tools will rule markets, but will also make life easier in the M&A process. So I push the topic of merger automation in parallel, I am pushing the topic of software ecosystems and business platforms.

What challenges are brands facing in this space?

Merger automation, tools for the M&A process: M&A professionals are not techies, they are always busy and don’t have time to search for tools. They just don’t know how tech can help in their work.

What do you think the future holds in this space?

Massive automation!

What brands are leading the way in this space?

Midaxo, Intralinks, Sema, MADiscover, Vencortex, Donnelley Financial solutions, EY, Deloitte.

If a brand wanted to work with you, which activities would you be most interested in collaborating on?

Podcasts, webinars, whitepaper, speaking opportunities, product innovation, video interviews.

What are your passions outside of work?

Writing books and playing basketball.

What would be the best way for a brand to contact you?


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