About Me

Ted Sapountzis photo

Does the world really need yet another blog?  This was the first line on my inaugural post, and although I am still not sure of the answer, I have continued writing for the past few years (although not as frequently as I would like).  This blog, as its name aptly suggests is about leadership, and most of what I write about is focused on the intersection of leadership and technology.  My personal philosophy, which is hopefully reflected in my posts, is about giving people direction and trusting they will execute, recognizing that they may fail from time to time.

I am currently the VP of Marketing at Simpplr, a modern social intranet that makes employee communication easy and delightful. Prior to Simpplr, I was the VP of Product Marketing and Demand Generation at iCharts, a leader in visual analytics in the cloud. Before iCharts, I led Marketing and Product Management at NextPrinciples, an enterprise software startup helping companies extract true value from social media.  Prior to NextPrinciples, I was a VP in SAP’s Marketing organization were I led many of SAP’s social marketing initiatives between 2009-12.  I joined SAP in 2004 and my previous roles included leading SAP’s SaaS analytics business and go-to-market activities across the entire SAP BusinessObjects portfolio and co-leading SAP’s Corporate Strategy Group.

Prior to SAP, I spent 4.5 years as a consultant at McKinsey & Company’s Amsterdam office, worked for Decision Focus Inc., a small boutique pricing optimization software and consulting firm that was acquired by Manugistics in 2000 (which itself was acquired by JDA Software in 2006), and SABRE (back then a division of American Airlines) helping global airlines optimize their networks.

I received my M.S. in Operations Research from Stanford University and my B.A. in Computer Science / Mathematics from Colgate University.

In addition to this blog, I also occasionally contribute to Social Media Today and Business2Community.  Contact me directly, or connect with me on LinkedIn Twitter, Google+ or SlideShare.

Golden Gate bridge photo

Last but not least, for fun I like to play with my kids and big black dog, ski and listen to music.  And finally, in order to maintain my sanity, I fly a small single engine plane.  You can read about my experience of learning how to fly here, or just simply enjoy this photo of the San Francisco bay area.


Happy reading!

Ted Sapountzis