SAP has declined to comment on reports this week that one of its founders, Hans-Werner Hector, has quit the company as a result of a feud with chairman, Dietmar Hopp.
The alleged resignation comes as little as six months after Hector became embroiled in his last public dispute with Hopp, when he pulled a high percentage of his voting shares out of a pool established with SAP?s three other founders, to place them in off-shore trusts.
Hopp said at the time he did not consider the move ?particularly intelligent? and called for Hector?s resignation.
This time, however, Hector is reported to have issued a blistering statement, claiming his resignation was a protest over the inability of SAP?s supervisory board, of which he is a member, to oversee management at a level required by German law.
Moreover, he alleges, the board is dominated by Hopp, who cannot stand dissenting opinions and who ?has tried to stifle and deflect differing views of company business through personal attacks?.
But Trevor Salomon, SAP?s director of communications, said the company was unable to comment on the reports because ?we?ve had no direct comunications with Hector - we only know what we?ve read.".
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