Dr. Carsten Polenz

Vice President for Industry 4.0 and Internet of Things Strategy - SAP

Dr. Carsten Polenz is Vice President for Industry 4.0 and Internet of Things Strategy at SAP.
He is responsible for the external, political activities of SAP within the areas of Industrie 4.0,
Internet of Things and Digitization of Industry, supporting directly the Executive Board
Member Bernd Leukert. In this role, he works closely with the German Ministries for
Economics (BMWi) and Research (BMBF) to steer the Plattform Industrie 4.0 as well as with
the DG Connect of the EU and other national initiatives for Digitization around Europe, e.g.
Industrie du Futur.
Dr. Carsten Polenz works at SAP since 1999 and has held several executive positions in the
areas of Corporate Strategy, Product Development, Design and Service and Support.
Besides this he was program lead for a variety of strategic projects (e.g. acquisitions)
reporting directly to the Executive Board of SAP. Before working at SAP, he was researcher
at the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Energy and Resources, working in the area of
sustainable energy consumption.
Dr. Polenz has a Master of Science in Physics, studying at the RWTH Aachen and the
Universities of Edinburgh and Heidelberg. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University
of Kassel.