Sean Thompson is senior vice president of business network and ecosystem at SAP Ariba. In this role, Sean leads the company’s strategy for business network and payments, including Ariba Network; oversees the growth of SAP Ariba’s ecosystem; and leads the company’s partner and business development teams. Prior to joining SAP Ariba, Sean served as the chief revenue officer of SAP’s SMB cloud ERP business.
Before joining SAP, Sean was CEO and co-founder of Nuiku, a leading-edge, natural language processing and artificial intelligence company that brought voice-driven user interfaces to enterprise applications and home automation domains. Nuiku was sold to Nortek (NASDAQ: NRTK) in 2016.
Prior to heading up Nuiku, Sean spent 10 years at Microsoft, where he worked in a variety of roles including director of product management within the Server and Tools division and managing director of strategic partnerships (Accenture and SAP) in the Enterprise Group. He also served as a member of Microsoft’s senior leader bench program.
Previously, Sean worked at several technology startups, including drugstore.com, where he was part of the pre-IPO team and director of venture integration, and Nimble Technology, where he was vice president of sales and services.
Sean spent the first decade of his career at Deloitte Consulting, where he managed service line delivery in areas such as ERP (SAP), business intelligence, process reengineering, risk analysis (audit), and M&A advisory (tax). He was also a member of Deloitte’s Senior Management Advisory Committee.
Sean received his Master of Business Administration from Harvard University and his Bachelor of Business Administration with high honors from Gonzaga University. Sean is also a CPA in the State of Washington.