Biography

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James J. Piacentino

Short Version:  James is a two time startup builder and currently a Corporate Strategist within SAP SE’s Global Office of the CEO. With eight years of startup experience and nine years of corporate experience, throughout his career, James has worked closely with customers within Fortune 100 Corporations, startups, incubators and ventures(career spanning).  An avid public speaker and blogger, James has been quoted in Forbes and Harvard Business Review.  Most recently, James co-founded a non-profit foundation to drive support for research pertaining to children with pediatric heart defects.

Long Version:  James is a two time startup builder and currently a Corporate Strategist within SAP SE’s Global Office of the CEO.  With eight years of startup experience and nine years of corporate experience, throughout his career, James has worked closely with customers within Fortune 100 Corporations, startups, incubators and ventures(career spanning).  An avid public speaker and blogger, James has been quoted in Forbes and Harvard Business Review.  Most recently, James co-founded a non-profit foundation to drive support for research pertaining to children with pediatric heart defects.

Corporate: Prior to the current SAP Global Corporate Strategy role, James was selected by the Office of the CEO of SAP to serve in a Senior Advisor role working closely with the SAP C-Level leadership globally. In 2010, James was dedicated to designing and implementing several new go-to-market models for SAP, growing a line of business greater than $148M. At the close of 2014, growth contributions of 31%, 32%, 48% (year over year) within Industry Custom Software built Solutions at SAP ensued.   In this go-to-market role, James’ team of seven incubated, designed, developed and sold Industry Products for SAP. In prior go-to-market roles, James drove board approval with SAP leaders, placing two Utilities Industry Solutions on the SAP official price list.  Prior to the product development and GTM roles,  James also carried the bag in a sales role directly in the first few years at SAP successfully.

Startup: Prior to SAP, James was fortunate to work with a creative, driven bunch at The Sycamore Group where James drove a small team that incubated, designed, developed and sold one of the earliest pharma-based QC products (eventually firm sold to Lonza Bio-Sciences).  The product created has now become a pioneer for wireless handheld data capture in pharmaceutical cleanroom environments to date. The Sycamore Group was James second entrepreneurial effort which came to fruition out of college.  The Sycamore Group structured an arrangement to assume the startup within our first year.  In this role, he also published a work in pharmaceutical trade magazine while having the privilege to meet with leading Pharmaceutical C-Level Venture investors, by age 27.  A third startup effort ensued, where James helped build up and sell off a Pharmaceutical Software firm in the Northeast US.

Community Organizations: Currently, James is a mentor with the NFTE (Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship) foundation helping low-income community Entrepreneurs find their paths to success. In August 2016, James was honored to be asked to be a mentor for 1871 (Accelerator/Incubator) startups in Chicago metro area.

In December, James will receive an M.B.A. / from Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management in 2016 having previously earned a B.S. in Finance from the West Chester University of Pennsylvania in 1998. Hobbies include collecting and playing various vintage guitars and amplifiers, family time and Ice Hockey with friends on occasion.