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Mohamed Cassoojee


Vice President and Country Manager
Johannesburg, South Africa

Mohamed Cassoojee is a natural leader with a calm demeanour yet strong entrepreneurial spirit. As an articulate and persuasive story-teller, Mohamed has the ability to make complicated technology accessible to any audience. He is known for providing thought leadership, combined with the ability to establish and implement organisational vision and strategy.

Having worked with a number of global blue chip companies, Mohamed Cassoojee has over twenty years of experience in international sales and consulting within the IT industry.

He has spent the majority of his career in the United States and Europe and has a gained a wealth of international experience by providing management and consulting services to some of the world’s largest corporations, including General Electric, AT&T, Bell Atlantic, Northrop-Grumman, FedEx, Global One, Mobil Oil, French Telecom and Deutch Telekom.

As a board member and executive director at both SAP and Oracle for over twelve years, he provided thought leadership in ICT for various industries including Telecoms, Financial Services, Public Sector and Retail. His strengths include people management, strategic planning and business consulting.

Cassoojee is the Vice President and Country Manager for Software AG South Africa and in this current role, he is responsible for successfully delivering global sales and marketing strategy to meet sales, margins and operating income goals. His specialities include Strategic Business Planning, Team Building and Leadership, Competitive Market Positioning, New Account Development establishing Strategic Partnerships.

Stephen Sim


Financial, Controlling and Administration Director (FC&A)
Johannesburg, South Africa

Stephen is a highly analytical and focussed individual. Although he is serious about the numbers, he is quick to cause a smile with his dry sense of humour.

Stephen is passionate about motorcycles. Not only is this his favourite pastime, but also his chosen mode of transport to the office every day – come rain or shine. Stephen is also well-travelled but remains proud that he will always call South Africa ‘home’.

Stephen Sim brings with him over 20 years of financial experience from various IT, retail and manufacturing industries, gained in both local and foreign environments.

Stephen joined Software AG South Africa in October 2008 and was appointed to the Board in March 2009 as Financial, Controlling and Administration Director, which has been his role to date. His portfolio of responsibilities includes finance, human resources, IT and administration. Stephen holds a BCompt degree from the University of South Africa and a CMA (Charted Management Accountant).

Sim is also highly knowledgeable about specialist fields such as Business Strategy, Managerial Finance, Business Process Design, Change and Risk Management and Financial Analysis.

Prior to Software AG, he worked for Mercedes-Benz South Africa for nearly 10 years as Treasury Operations Manager, and held various financial positions at SASKO Milling, Mutual and Federal, Goldwell SA, HP and debis Financial Services.

Patrick Shields


Chief Technology Officer (CTO)
Johannesburg, South Africa

Mr Shields is a passionate thought-leader that consistently strives for innovation in any ICT challenge he takes on. He has the ability to create excitement about forward-thinking technological solutions by painting a clear picture of the endless possibilities. For Patrick, it is important to leave a legacy and because of this approach, he is always thinking how technology can change the lives of the South African citizen.

Patrick was born in the United States of America, but a visit to Cape Town resulted in patriotic love for the continent and he now proudly calls South Africa his home.

Patrick Shields offers more than 27 years of solution delivery and consulting experience, with 13 of those years managing the delivery of Software AG solutions. He has worked in various roles throughout his career including Chief Enterprise Architect, IT Director, Senior Principal Consultant, Pre-Sales Manager, Technical Account Manager, Project Lead and Software Engineer.

Patrick has a wealth of business and technology experience. He has delivered numerous customer engagements using Software AG products such as ARIS, webMethods ESB and BPM, as well as webMethods (IBO) Intelligent Business Operations. He has also designed and delivered solutions integrated to ERP systems such as SAP, Oracle Applications, Siebel and PeopleSoft. Several of his projects are documented customer success stories.

Prior to Software AG, Patrick managed delivery and adoption of webMethods BPM and SOA at a $1.7B financial services firm. Patrick holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Oglethorpe University in the USA.

Riaaz Jeena


Sales Director
Johannesburg, South Africa

Riaaz lives his life every day by Steve Jobs’ inspiring words: “Stay hungry. Stay foolish.” This tenacious outlook on life has proven very successful for Riaaz. He says he has achieved more in his 15 years within ICT than he ever dreamt of.

“Technology has changed the world and continues to change it every day,” says Riaaz. He believes that if you can imagine it, technology can make it happen. As an entrepreneur, he knows the truth in these words. He realized his dream of owning a Lamborghini by founding his own side-business called Supercar Club in 2009.

Software AG can uniquely enable businesses to save and make money, manage their risk. Simply put, Software AG helps clients, delight their clients.

As Software AG’s Sales Director, Riaaz is responsible for creating and delivering sales strategy within the Corporate Sector which includes industries such as Mining, Manufacturing, Telecommunications, Media, Retail and Logistics.

Riaaz is also responsible for managing the Regional Sales Manager Teams, fostering strategic relationships with key market players and developing sales strategies, tactics and profit targets. Within 5 months of joining Software AG, Riaaz achieved 106% of the revenue target set for the Corporate Sector. His portfolio now also includes the Utilities and State Owned Enterprises Sector.

With 15 years’ experience in the ICT industry, he plays a fundamental role in developing the company’s future growth, providing vision, direction and leadership. Throughout his successful career, he has gained experience within various roles such as Head of Engagement, Business Management, Account Management and IT Consulting both locally and internationally.

Significant achievements in Jeena’s career include completing his IBM Global Sales School training with Top Honours, being shortlisted for Microsoft’s World Partner Summit Business Intelligence Award and being elected to the Board of International Association of Microsoft’s Certified Partners.