Three SAP vice presidents and a head of services are leaving the company, as part of a major management reshuffle, it is understood.

SAP has confirmed that Doug Merritt, executive VP at SAP and general manager of sales at the company’s Business Objects division, is leaving, alongside global field services head Bernd-Michael Rumpf.

CIO sister title Computerworld UK has also learned that SAP executive VP Bob Stutz, who manages mobile applications, will leave, as will Singh Mecker, senior VP and head of SAP’s global sales partners. SAP has not yet confirmed these two changes.

An SAP spokesperson insisted the changes were part of an annual reshuffle before Christmas, but also suggested they were related to business goals.

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“We usually have an adjustment of our organisations every year, to make sure we are on our strategy and hitting our targets,” he said. “It happens mid-December every year.”

The efforts had "further simplified" the company in  the areas of software, "sales, ecosystem and channels, as well as our service organisation", he said.

The news comes in a year when SAP has been pushing a ‘four-element’ strategy of offering clients a mixture of on-premise, on-demand and on-device applications, and better application orchestration capabilities. In-memory technology is a crucial part of the on-premise strategy.

In February, SAP took on two chief executives, Jim Snabe and Bill McDermott, to replace Leo Apotheker, now head of HP.

As part of the new changes, Rob Enselin, the current North America president at SAP, will head sales, and Eric Duffault will head SAP's partner organisation. Jose Duarte will head services,  Sanjay Poonen, senior VP and general manager at Business Objects, will be head of software sales.

Bob Courteau and Franck Cohen will step into the regional field leadership roles in North America and EMEA respectively.

"Bernd-Michael Rumpf, Singh Mecker and Doug Merritt have decided to pursue new opportunities outside of SAP," the spokesperson said. "We sincerely thank all of them who have supported our business growth and field success tremendously over the past years."

He added: "In addition, Bob Stutz has decided to leave SAP at the end of the year. We wish Bob all the best in his career and thank him for his work in various field, industry and product development leadership positions. To ensure a smooth transition, John Chen, CEO and Chairman of Sybase, has appointed Raj Nathan, executive vice president, Sybase to serve as interim head of the Mobile Applications Group.”