Bill McDermott’s life and career began in Amityville, New York, a gritty middle-class community on Long Island.

With inspiration from his parents, Bill became a small business owner at age 16, an experience that would shape his dynamic approach to leading people and building successful businesses. Now CEO of SAP, the world’s largest business software company, Bill is a respected global leader, community advocate, mentor and innovator. Bill also serves on the Boards of Directors of two innovative companies, performance apparel pioneer Under Armour and engineering software maker Ansys, Inc.

Bill began his long career in business leadership at Xerox. He spent 17 years at the company and rose to become its youngest corporate officer and division president. Following stints at Gartner Inc. and Siebel Systems, Bill joined SAP in 2002 and began a record run that would see SAP expand its leadership position in business software. Today, with breakthrough innovations like SAP HANA, Bill is leading SAP on a new mission to help the world, “Run simple.”

Bill has received countless awards and recognition throughout his career. Significantly, in a recent ranking of CEOs by employment website, Bill and former SAP co-CEO Jim Hagemann Snabe were ranked #2 in the world with a 99% approval rating by employees and former employees.

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Winners Dream, the national bestseller by Bill McDermott and Joanne Gordon, is published by Simon & Schuster.

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"Bill McDermott is my good friend because, like me, in spite of great success, he never forgot his humble beginnings. The hardships and challenges his family experienced when Bill was a young boy motivated and inspired him to become the man he is today. Read this book and you too will be motivated and inspired."

Tony Bennett

Award-winning singer and entertainer