SAP has brought in outside talent and former automotive supplier CIO, Uwe Herold as its CIO, filling a post vacant since the previous incumbent left the company earlier this year.

The business applications vendor confirmed Thursday that Herold joins SAP on 1 October. He will also hold a position on the company's board of directors in the area of human resources, processes and production.

Most recently CIO at German automotive supplier Brose, Herold has 15 years of experience in business process engineering and IT management. While at Brose, he worked on SAP implementations and so can also bring an SAP user perspective to his new employer.

Herold replaces Carol Wilson who left the company after three years in the job earlier this year. Wilson joined Tata Consultancy Services in April as its implementation director charged with the development and delivery of the Indian outsourcing and consulting firm's IT services in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.