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Paul Hofmann

Saffron Technology
Chief Strategy Officer

Chief Strategy Officer, Saffron Technology

Paul is responsible for developing Saffron’s roadmap to maximize future growth opportunities including corporate development.

With more than 20 years’ experience in enterprise software and services, Paul’s background combines academic thought leadership with international executive leadership at global companies. Paul has been entrenched in research as Senior Scientist and Assistant Professor at outstanding European and American Universities (Northwestern University, U.S., Technical University Munich and Darmstadt, Germany). He is an expert in computational chemistry and computer graphics (Ph.D., research and teaching in Nonlinear Quantum Dynamics and Chaos Theory), authoring numerous publications and books, including a book on SCM and environmental information systems as well as performance management and productivity of supply chains.

His passion has always been AI, machine learning and semantics. In 1986 Paul programmed an associative memory system at Technical University Munich to predict chemical reactions in mass spectrometer. His team at SAP Labs used semantic rules engine from CMU to show the right data to the right person when accessing enterprise systems and computational logic from Stanford for the SAP Business by Design Configurator.

Paul was Vice President Research at SAP Labs in the heart of Silicon Valley from 2006 to 2011.

Paul joined SAP in 2001 as Director for Business Development EMEA SAP AG where he has created the Value Based Selling program.

Prior to joining SAP, Paul was Senior Plant Manager at BASF’s Catalysts Global Business Unit. After joining BASF 1989, Paul headed the development of object-oriented production planning and scheduling software for BASF’s plants. He implemented SAP’s Business Suite in BASF’s Chemicals Division.

Paul received his Ph.D. in Physics at the Technical University Darmstadt, Germany, after completing his Bachelor in biotechnology and a master’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Vienna.


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