SAP's Tough Guy Ready to Rumble

New deputy CEO (and likely next top boss) Léo Apotheker is not afraid of Oracle's Ellison, or of any other challenge facing the software maker

Léo Apotheker, deputy chief executive officer of German software maker SAP (SAP), tells about riding in the cab of a giant forklift recently at a vast Coca-Cola (COKE) plant in northwest France. The facility is a showcase for SAP's warehouse management software—even the forklift cabs are equipped with touch screens that drivers use to continually enter information that is then fed into a central database. "I wanted to see how these guys work," said Apotheker.

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