Cathy Daum

Cathy Daum was appointed Senior Vice President Global Channels & General Business, Cloud Sales & Solutions at SAP in July 2017. She joined SAP twelve years ago and occupied various management positions. SAP is a world leader in business software. The company was founded in Walldorf, Germany, in 1972.

‘Van Leeuwen has been one of the early adopters of new technologies to drive the global standardization, transformation and simplification of business processes. To be successful in this area, Van Leeuwen and SAP are working closely together in partnership. Together we are succeeding in automating and standardizing the most important business processes and in gaining real time insights into Van Leeuwen’s overall business. By making it possible for customers to communicate with Van Leeuwen in various ways – from any device and especially via mobile applications, for example – we are also improving the customer experience. Thanks to the use of the latest technologies, we are convinced that Van Leeuwen can successfully complete its digital transformation journey. And that provides major business and organizational benefits. Van Leeuwen’s customers and suppliers naturally benefit from this as well.

Many exciting new technologies are now or will soon become commonplace. This includes in-memory databases (for real time business insights), the use of Big Data, mobile applications, working in the cloud, blockchain technology, artificial intelligence, machine learning and the Internet of Things. For companies that leverage these developments, such as Van Leeuwen, this yields major improvements and increased efficiency in business operations. Van Leeuwen is now standardizing on SAP’s flagship Enterprise Resource Planning solution, SAP S/4 HANA, with SAP Business Analytics and SAP Hybris Cloud for Sales across all of its European branches. SAP solutions enable Van Leeuwen to easily implement new technologies now and in the future and to continuously enhance processes and services.

In short, Van Leeuwen has taken the right steps to remain a frontrunner in its sector with the aid of SAP technologies. However, the market is not standing still. Van Leeuwen will have to continue to invest in technological innovations. I have every confidence that together we will continue to take the lead in this area.’