Richard McLean


Richard McLean

About Richard McLean

Richard McLean, regional CFO for SAP Asia Pacific Japan, oversees all key finance and administrative functions for field and regional headquarters, supporting more than 18,000 employees. He has more than 20 years of experience in senior finance roles with leading global companies across a range of industries, including financial services, investment banking, automotive, and IT. He joined SAP in 2008.

purpose, sustainability, finance

Putting Our Money Where Our Purpose Is

3-Sep-2018 | Richard McLean

Part of the “Purpose-Driven CFO” series By now you’ve probably seen the SAP TV commercial featuring actor Clive Owen. In the ad, he points out some very big problems that are best fixed by bu

employee engagement, purpose, finance, service

Want To Drive Engagement? Think “Purpose,” Not “Paycheck”

27-Aug-2018 | Richard McLean

Part of the “Purpose-Driven CFO” series Employee engagement is a hot topic in the business community – with good reason. After all, running a sustainable business depends on employing and ret

Top Three Ways CFOs Can Run A Responsible Business

20-Aug-2018 | Richard McLean

Part of the “Purpose-Driven CFO” series In the introductory blog in this series, my colleague Joel Bernstein asked CFOs to share their sense of purpose and explain how they motivate us and our

The Secret Sauce For Better Employee Engagement? Finance And IT Harmony

30-Apr-2018 | Richard McLean

Part 4 in the 4-part Finance and IT Collaboration series SAP has received many awards for being an employer of choice on a global level, as well as specific awards in the Asia-Pacific region. What

CFO, CIO, financial management, digital finance, automation

Why Tech-Savvy CFOs Are Teaming Up With CIOs To Propel Efficiency

23-Apr-2018 | Richard McLean

Part 3 in the 4-part Finance and IT Collaboration series Automation is already reshaping the future of work in the finance function, and the opportunity to boost performance is fueling the trend. A

Better Together: How Finance And IT Are Enabling The Intelligent Enterprise

9-Apr-2018 | Richard McLean

Part 1 in the 4-part Finance and IT Collaboration series Over the last few years, there has been a shift in thinking about the intelligent enterprise. Business leaders are fast-forwarding their pla

Finance And HR Collaboration: Maximizing Your Impact As Steward

11-Dec-2017 | Richard McLean

Part 3 of the 3-part "Finance and HR Collaboration” series Keeping pace with a growing digital economy is requires finance and HR to take on expanded and more influential roles in the organizatio

Finance, HR, leadership, collaboration

Finance And HR: Friends Or Foes? Shifting To A Collaborative Mindset

27-Nov-2017 | Richard McLean

Part 1 in the 3-part "Finance and HR Collaboration" series In my last blog, I challenged you to think of collaboration as the next killer app, citing a recent study by Oxford Economics sponsored by

digital finance

People Power: Key Performance Driver That’s Missing For APJ CFOs

29-Aug-2017 | Richard McLean

Even with advances in technology, I’m a great believer that the future of finance depends on the power of people. This may seem to be a controversial statement coming from the CFO of a technology co

Survey: Why Some CFOs Are More Successful Than Others

29-Jun-2017 | Richard McLean

One of the biggest challenges my team and I face is to continually do more, and do it faster. When we meet that challenge, we have the opportunity to drive better business performance. Why are some