Group Executive Board


Karl-Heinz Streibich *

Karl-Heinz Streibich, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Chairman of the Management Board and Group Executive Board

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Chairman of the Management Board and Group Executive Board

Karl-Heinz Streibich, born in 1952, has been Chief Executive Officer of Software AG since October 2003. 

In this role he is also responsible for the following functions: Corporate Communications, Global Legal, Global Audit, Processes & Quality, Global Partner Management, Corporate Office and Top Management Development. 

Throughout his career, Karl-Heinz Streibich held various management positions in Information and Communication Technology. Among others he was Head of Marketing Operations of ITT Europe in the UK, Member of the Board of debis Systemhaus, as well as deputy Chairman of T-Systems where he was responsible for the merger of debis Systemhaus IT activities with Deutsche Telekom. 

Karl-Heinz Streibich studied Communication Engineering in Offenburg and visited postgraduate studies at Stanford University, Harvard University and London School of Marketing. 

He is a member of the Supervisory Board (Aufsichtsrat) at Deutsche Telekom AG, Dürr AG,  Deutsche Messe AG and holds several honorary positions including Member of the Presidency of the German IT Association BITKOM, Member of the Executive Committee of the regional economy initiative Frankfurt Rhein Main e.V., Co-Chairman of the working group “Innovative eGovernment services” within the framework of the German Chancellor’s IT summit and he is a co-founder of the German Software Cluster of Excellence.


Arnd Zinnhardt *

Arnd Zinnhardt, Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Labor Director

Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
Labor Director

Arnd Zinnhardt, born in 1962, has been a member of the Management Board of Software AG since May 2002 and is responsible for the following departments: Finance, Controlling, Taxes, Treasury, Business Operations, Investor Relations, Mergers & Acquisitions and Global Purchasing. As Software AG Labor Director, he is also responsible for Human Resources.

Arnd Zinnhardt began his career in 1988 at Ernst & Young. In 1992, he successfully took his tax adviser examinations. He qualified as a certified public accountant (CPA) in 1994.

In 1998 Arnd Zinnhardt joined BDO AG in Frankfurt, where he became a partner. In 2001, he was appointed to Regional and Office Managing Partner Frankfurt at BDO AG.

Arnd Zinnhardt holds a degree in business administration from the University of Cologne. 

Dr. Wolfram Jost *

Dr. Wolfram Jost, Chief Technology Officer (CTO)

Chief Technology Officer (CTO)

Dr. rer. nat. Wolfram Jost, born in 1962, has been a member of the Management Board of Software AG since August 2010 and is responsible for Research & Development and Product Management as well as Product Marketing.

Dr. Wolfram Jost studied business economics, majoring in economic information science and marketing, at the University of the Saarland, from October 1983 to April 1988. After graduation in 1988 he worked for the Institute of Economic Information Science (IWi) at the University of the Saarland, where his duties included supervising and holding classes, heading projects in the field of Computer Integrated Manufacturing and organizing scientific congresses.

Dr. Wolfram Jost completed his doctoral thesis at the Law and Economics Faculty at the University of the Saarland in November 1992 on the topic of "Computer-based CIM Planning - Conception and Realization of a Tool for Analyzing and Planning CIM Systems".

In 1992 Dr. Wolfram Jost joined IDS Prof. Scheer GmbH, Saarbrücken. Here he was initially the head of ARIS Product Development before taking over as the head of ARIS Product Strategy in 1998.

In 1994 he was promoted to a senior management position, a post he held until he was appointed to the Executive Board of IDS Scheer AG in 2000. He remained a member of the IDS Scheer Board until the takeover of IDS Scheer AG by Software AG had been completed.

Dr. Wolfram Jost has written numerous articles for books and magazines and has also (co)authored more than ten specialist books.

Dr. John Bates

Dr. John Bates, CTO, Intelligent Business Operations & Big Data, Member of the Group Executive Board

Chief Marketing Officer (CMO)
Member of the Group Executive Board

Dr. John Bates, born in 1970, was appointed CTO for Intelligent Business Operations and Big Data, and a member of the Software AG Group Executive Board, in October 2013. In June 2014 he took over responsibility as Chief Marketing Officer.

John Bates has many years of management experience in the IT industry. Before joining Software AG, he was Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Progress Software. John Bates was responsible for creating, evolving and evangelizing their market strategy and technology vision. Previously, John Bates was General Manager of Progress Software's Apama Division - the market-leading provider of Complex Event Processing (CEP) solutions, acquired by Software AG in July 2013. In this role, he had full P&L responsibility, including sales, marketing and products.

Prior to joining Progress, John Bates was the Co-Founder, President and Chief Technology Officer of Apama. He was also co-inventor of the patented technology.

John Bates is a respected innovator and industry expert. In 2011 "Wall Street and Technology" magazine named John Bates one of the “10 innovators of the decade”. In 2011, 2012 & 2013 "Institutional Investor" named John Bates in its "Tech 50" of disruptive technologists.

John Bates graduated with Honors (1st Class) from Lancaster University (England) in Computer Science and was awarded a Doctorate in Computer Science at the University of Cambridge (England) in 1994. Until 2000, John Bates was a tenured academic at Cambridge University where he led research into distributed computing systems. 

John “Jay” Johnson

John “Jay” Johnson, President, Member of the Group Executive Board

President and CEO of Software AG North America
Member of the Group Executive Board

John “Jay” Johnson, born in 1966, joined the Group Executive Board in August 2012 with his appointment as President and CEO of Software AG USA, Inc. In this role, he is responsible for Software AG’s United States and Canadian business operations.

Jay Johnson brings more than 20 years of leadership experience in the IT industry to Software AG. He was previously with MicroStrategy where he served as Senior Vice President North America, implementing a new sales methodology which led to a dynamic increase in revenue and sustainable growth. 

Mr. Johnson began his career in 1988 with Xerox Corporation. From there he joined OCE-USA in 1992 where he held several leadership positions. Later, he worked for Business Objects/SAP until 2009, progressing in the organization from Area Sales Director to Senior Vice President of Enterprise Sales and Operations. 

Jay Johnson holds a bachelor’s degree in Marketing, graduating with honors, from Towson University and an MBA, also with honors, from Johns Hopkins University.

Arno Theiß

Arno Theiss - Chief Operating Officer (COO) Global Consulting Services

Member of the Group Executive Board
Chief Operating Officer (COO)
Global Consulting Services

Arno Theiß, born in 1961, was appointed to the Group Executive Board in April 2013 as Chief Operating Officer (COO) for Global Consulting Services. Besides this role, he is also General Manager of IDS Scheer Consulting GmbH, a wholly-owned Software AG subsidiary.

Arno Theiß joined Software AG in May 2006 as Vice President PS Operations. In 2007 his responsibility was extended to managing the newly founded company SAG Consulting Services GmbH,a Software AG subsidiary, as General Manager. In addition, he was appointed as Senior Vice President for PS Region West. As of mid-2012 Arno Theiß took over responsibility as Head of GCS Global Delivery.

Mr. Theiß has many years of experience in leadership positions and began his career at Bull, where he worked as Program Director for the Telecommunications department. Later he became Resource Manager for the DACH region at Integris (an IT-Service-unit of Bull-Group) where he successfully built up the “eSolutions” division. Finally, as managing director at Steria GmbH and as Board Member for Steria Mummert Consulting, he was mainly responsible for the telecommunication and transport industry as well as for outsourcing business.

Arno Theiß graduated in Business Administration at the University of Applied Sciences in Gießen.

*  Member of the Management Board