Alister Esam
Process Bliss
Balthazar Fabricius

Mike Ettling


Miami, FL, USA



Mike Ettling


A CEO, Investor, Builder of world class teams, champion of diversity and continuous learner, Mike continues to build his career in the IT & Software industries & takes pride in his ability to set a strong vision and strategy for a business & establish the purpose to create All-In teams. Currently MIke is CEO of Unit4, in business for people, making cool software to enable people and service companies to achieve their full potential.

Mike was President of SAP Successfactors, a $1bn+ cloud HCM software business based in Silicon Valley with 100 million users and 8,000 customers. Mike was the former Chief Executive for NGA HR, a multimillion global HR and payroll services provider.

Prior to NGA, Mike was VP of Global Business Process Outsourcing for Unisys, where he led the business and delivered cutting-edge technology to blue-chip clients globally. He held various executive roles for Unisys, including managing director for Australia and New Zealand and VP of Outsourcing for Asia Pacific and Europe, Middle East, Africa. Mike also previously served as vice president and managing director for Synstar, plc., a private-equity owned European technology business. His extensive career in IT and software also included several senior executive roles at EDS. Mike began his career at KPMG.

Mike’s early career began in his native South Africa. He holds a Masters in Finance from the London Business School, UK, is a graduate of the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa, and a member of the SA and English Institutes of Chartered Accountants. He has lived and worked in Africa, Europe, America & Asia.

A Global Thought Leader in the HCM Technology and cloud software industries Mike has a passion for how technology can transform the workplace and empower all people to realize their dreams.

Mike Ettling’s Newsfeed

New CEO Mike Ettling wants Unit4 to run like a cloud company

Newly appointed Unit4 CEO Mike Ettling signaled that the Netherlands-based ERP vendor is entering the final phase of its cloud journey at the company's annual customer event in Amsterdam this week. Speaking about changes still to come, he also touched on growth potential and interest in further acquisitions. Just one month into the role, the former SAP SuccessFactors President says his primary goal is to see Unit4 "operate like a cloud company" and cast off any remaining on-premise habits:

Why Becoming the CEO of Unit4 Is My Next Great Chapter in a Purpose-Driven Career

Mike Ettling, CEO, Unit4 writes "The best leaders are the ones who are shaped by a significant experience or two that touched them to the core of their being. For me, it was while growing up in the ugly days of apartheid South Africa, and remembering playing in our back yard. My mother swung open our back door and hurriedly sheltered a black man in our house to hide him from the pass police who were restricting peoples’ movements based on their race and colour. My mum’s simple act of compassion, amid rising tensions at the time, showed me that every person has worth, and the importance of protecting each other regardless of our differences."

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Mike Ettling’s Background

May 2019 - Present
Unit4 are a computer software company that aims to create space for people to do more work that really matters.
Mar 2014 - Feb 2018
San Francisco, CA, USA
SAP SuccessFactors is the leading global provider of cloud-based human capital management software.
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Other Business Interests

How to Create the Future. A panel discussion with Aki Anastasiou, Ian Russell, Malcolm Gladwell, Rapelang Rabana, Mike Ettling.
SAP SuccessFactors President Mike Ettling Says HCM & Finance Must Work Together. With only two levers – people and money – to manage a business, CEO’s must coordinate them as smoothly as driving a stick shift car.
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Current Non-Executive Positions

Non-Executive Director
Dec 2017 - Present
San Francisco, CA, USA
Topia (formerly MOVE Guides and Polaris) provides the leading global mobility management solution to move and manage your global talent, enabling companies & employees to work everywhere.
Non-Executive Director, Investor
Sep 2017 - Present
Manchester, UK
NCC Group is a global expert in cyber security and risk mitigation, working with businesses to protect their brand, value and reputation against the ever-evolving threat landscape.
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Previous Non-Executive Positions

May 2018 - Apr 2019
New York, NY, USA
PeopleDoc is on a mission to make the difficult job of HR easier. The PeopleDoc HR Service Delivery platform helps HR teams more easily answer employee requests on demand, automate employee processes, and manage compliance across multiple locations.
Non-Executive Director, Investor
Jan 2012 - Aug 2017
Washington, DC, USA
BackOffice Associates is a worldwide leader in information governance & data modernization solutions, focusing on helping customers manage one of their most critical assets, data.
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Mike Ettling’s Education

Masters in Finance, Private Equity
2000 - 2001
Bachelor of Accounting, Auditing
1986 - 1986
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