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Sanjay Brahmawar


Software AG

Darmstadt, DE

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Sanjay Brahmawar’s Biography

Sanjay Brahmawar is a distinguished technology executive, who heads Software AG as CEO.

He is the first non-German CEO to take over the reins of the global technology innovator and is successfully transforming the business. With over two decades of international experience, he has extensive software and Internet of Things expertise and leads the organisation with a strong entrepreneurial approach. Based in Germany, Sanjay is steering the business through a new era of digitisation and connectivity. Executing against a multi-year strategy to develop sustainable, profitable growth, Software AG is enabling digital transformation for customers in over 70 countries.

Prior to joining Software AG, Sanjay held several senior positions at IBM, most recently that of General Manager for Global Revenue at Watson IoT. He started as an Associate Partner and transitioned into numerous high-level positions, including General Manager, Vice President & Executive Partner, across several subsidiaries at IBM.

He joined IBM from PwC where he was a Management Consultant. Sanjay started his career as Business Development Manager at Honda before he moved on to work as a Business Manager at DSM and General Manager of Belgium at FedEx Services.

Sanjay divides his time between his executive roles at Software AG and his position as Chairman of the Management Board. He is a Trustee of the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management and contributes to ADAMOS as a Member of the Advisory Board. He is also a Member of the Forbes Technology Council, a members-only group for C-suite and industry executives.

Sanjay is an influential thought leader in the software industry and frequently appears as a guest speaker. His view is that transformation is about more than just cosmetic changes, those companies that want to succeed are those who look at fundamental modernisation of their IT infrastructure.

In 2019 and 2020, he was recognised as one of 'The Top 25 Software CEOs of Europe.’

Sanjay’s Newsfeed

Smart Industry
Winning the Tech Wars & Capitalizing on the Growth of Hybrid Cloud Environments

Sanjay Brahmawar, CEO of Software AG, is interviewed by Chris McNamara, Editor in Chief of Smart Industry, about digital transformation. Sanjay talks about how and why businesses are using hybrid integration.

If you want your transformation to succeed, culture is the key

Sanjay Brahmawar, CEO of Software AG, explains why culture is crucial when it comes to successful digital transformation in a business.

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Sanjay’s Background

Software AG
Aug 2018 - Present
Darmstadt, DE
Software AG is the software pioneer of a connected world and helps over 10,000 organisations use software to connect people, departments, systems and devices. The company focuses on empowering truly connected enterprises using integration & APIs, IoT & analytics and business & IT transformation. Their products establish a fluid flow of data that allows everything and everyone to work together.
General Manager - Global Revenue Watson Internet of Things
Jan 2016 - Feb 2018
London, UK
Founded in 1911, IBM is an American multinational technology company with headquarters in New York and operations in over 170 countries.
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Sanjay’s Gallery

Board Positions

Frankfurt School of Finance and Management
Member of the Board of Trustees
Nov 2020 - Present
Frankfurt, DE
Frankfurt School of Finance and Management is a private, prestigious centre for higher education in the financial sector.
Software AG
Chairman of the Software AG Management Board
Aug 2018 - Present
Darmstadt, DE
Sanjay divides his time between his executive role as Chief Executive Officer of Software AG and his board position as Chairman of the Software AG Management Board.

Advisory Roles

Member of the Advisory Board
Aug 2018 - Present
Darmstadt, DE
ADAMOS (Adaptive Manufacturing Open Solutions) is a strategic alliance of industry leaders safeguarding future topics such as the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). The alliance brings together innovations in digitalisation, specifically focusing on mechanical and plant engineering.


Software AG 'focusing so much' on building growth mindset, says CEO
Apr 2021
Darmstadt, DE
Sanjay is interviewed by CNBC to discuss Software AG's first-quarter earnings. He talks about the company's internal transformation goals to achieve rapid growth for the organisation.
15 Important Lessons Business Leaders Can Learn From Tech Industry Giants
Feb 2021
Jersey City, NJ, USA
Sanjay was featured as an expert in a Forbes Technology Council article outlining key lessons for business leaders.
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How to make ‘Digital Transformation’ about more than new technology
Feb 2021
Epsom, UK
Sanjay shares three key insights into successfully executing digital transformation projects.
As digital disruption continues to shape the business landscape, Europe’s software sector must evolve.
Feb 2020
London, UK
Sanjay Brahmawar encourages European software developers to evolve and lead the change in the coming fourth industrial revolution.


Forbes Technology Council
2020 - Present
Boston, MA, USA
The Forbes Council is a private, members-only group for leaders in their field. The Different Councils allow industry leaders to collaborate and innovate. Sanjay is a member of the distinguished Forbes Council and is part of the Technology Council.

Awards & Endorsements

The Stevie Awards
Gold Stevie Award for Executive of the Year, Computer Software
Aug 2021
New York, NY, USA
Sanjay was awarded a Gold Stevie for Executive of the Year in Computer Software for his success in leading the business and cultural transformation at Software AG.
The Software Report
The Top 25 Software CEOs of Europe
Oct 2020
New York, NY, USA
Sanjay was recognised as one of 'The Top 25 Software CEOs of Europe' in 2019 (first position) and 2020 (fourth position).

Specialist Courses

INSEAD Business School Executive Education
Fontainebleau, FR
The M&A and Corporate Strategy programme is aimed at industry leaders to assist with a better understanding of financial developments within organisations.

Community Engagement

The Valuable 500
Valuable Leader
London, UK
As CEO of Software AG, Sanjay leads with his commitment to the Valuable 500 global movement that is putting disability on the business leadership agenda.

Sanjay’s Education

University of Leeds logo University of Leeds logo
University of Leeds
MBA, Finance and Marketing
1996 - 1997
Delhi Technological University logo Delhi Technological University logo
Delhi Technological University
Bachelors, Civil Engineering
1988 - 1992