SAP Security Chief Said to Join Infosys to Work for Old Boss

SAP SE’s chief technology officer for security, Gordon Muehl, is leaving the German company to take an executive role at Indian software giant Infosys Ltd., according to three people familiar with the matter.

Muehl, who has worked for SAP since 1998, will become a vice president at Infosys, focusing on business development and customers’ technology projects, and will remain based in Germany, said two of the people, who asked not to be identified because the information isn’t public.

For seven years at SAP, Muehl reported to Vishal Sikka, who took over as Infosys’s chief executive officer last August. Hiring Muehl is a further move by Infosys to inject software know-how into a company best known for contract programming and technical support. Sikka left SAP last May after 12 years, where he had been an executive board member overseeing technology.

As technology companies devote more resources to software security, Muehl had begun an effort to foster cooperation among SAP and other business-software providers to share more information about the security of open-source software. SAP supplies applications used in financial planning, manufacturing and human resources to thousands of companies.

Infosys shares rose as much as 2.2 percent, the most since Feb. 6, before trading at 2,319.5 rupees as of 11:33 a.m. in Mumbai. That compared with a 0.7 percent increase in the benchmark S&P BSE Sensex.

Muehl will be succeeded by Gerold Huebner, another SAP software security manager, the people said.

Daniel Reinhardt, a spokesman for Walldorf, Germany-based SAP, declined to comment on Muehl’s plans and said he wasn’t able to reach him immediately for a response. Sarah Gideon, a spokeswoman at Bangalore-based Infosys, declined to comment.

Muehl gave notice to SAP in January and may start at Infosys as early as May, one of the people said.

At Infosys, Sikka is using acquisitions, development of automated IT management tools, and investments in startups to try to move the company into more profitable work for its customers, which include large multinational firms. Infosys shares have risen more than 40 percent since the company announced on June 12 that Sikka would become its CEO.

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