WASHINGTON, D.C.—SAP America has named Mary Arnold vice president of government relations. In her new position, Arnold will be responsible for the strategic development and management of SAP America’s government relations program at both the federal and state levels.
The program she heads will include greater emphasis on maintaining a prominent federal affairs and business development function for SAP in Washington, D.C.
Says Bill McDermott, CEO and president, SAP America, “Her experience as an accomplished government affairs professional working in the technology industry as well as working in the United States Senate will be a powerful asset to SAP. We look forward to leveraging her rich experience and enthusiasm, helping us formulate and implement a successful government relations program that reinforces our commitment to growing our public sector business.”
Reporting directly to Chris Sorek, senior vice president of public relations for SAP AG, Arnold will oversee government lobbying efforts as well as issues management. As part of her responsibilities, Arnold will also focus on all aspects of SAP’s relationships with government—government as a rule maker, a supporter and a customer.
Most recently, Arnold was vice president of congressional affairs and federal government affairs for AT&T. Prior to AT&T, she provided strategic counsel and government relations services to clients such as National Broadcasting Company, AT&T, Lucent Technologies and Morton International.