Keynotes in the General Session Theater are the headline addresses where SAP and ASUG executives and their guests offer inspiration, their vision of the future, and unveil exciting new announcements and breakthrough innovations. Here are the top keynote speakers announced for this years SAP SAPPHIRE NOW and ASUG Annual Conference.
Tuesday, May 7 4:30 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
Bear Grylls - Outdoor Adventurist, Author, and TV Host
Bear Grylls has become known around the world as one of the most recognized faces of survival and outdoor adventure.
His journey to this acclaim started in the U.K. on the Isle of Wight, where his late father taught him to climb and sail. Trained from a young age in martial arts, Bear went on to spend three years as a soldier in the British Special Forces, serving with 21 Special Air Servce (SAS). It was here that he perfected many of the skills that his fans all over the world enjoy watching him pit against Mother Nature.
Despite a free-fall parachuting accident in Africa, where he broke his back in three places, and after enduring months in military rehabilitation, Bear succeeded in becoming one of the youngest ever climbers to reach the summit of Mount Everest.
Bear went on to star in Discovery Channel’s Emmy-nominated “Man vs. Wild” and “Born Survivor” TV series, which has become one of the most watched shows on the planet, reaching an estimated 1.2 billion viewers.
Off screen, Bear has lead record-breaking expeditions, from Antarctica to the Arctic, which in turn have raised over $2.5 million for children around the world.
In recognition for his expertise and service, Bear was appointed as the youngest ever Chief Scout to over half a million brilliant scouts in the U.K., was awarded an honorary commission as a Lieutenant Commander in the Royal Navy and as a Colonel in the notoriously tough Royal Marines Commando.
Geoff Scott - CEO, ASUG
Geoff Scott is the CEO of Americas’ SAP Users’ Group (ASUG), the world’s largest SAP user group, serving 2,300-plus businesses via company-wide memberships. Geoff has more than two decades of leadership experience in business and technology. His role at ASUG is focused on helping people and organizations get the most value from their investments in SAP technology.
Mark LeClair - Chairman, ASUG Board of Directors
Mark LeClair is the chairman of Americas’ SAP Users’ Group (ASUG), the world’s largest SAP user group, serving 2,300-plus businesses via company-wide memberships. Mark has 20-plus years of global IT executive experience gained through progressive leadership roles and business-transformation activities at midmarket and Fortune 500 companies.