Our management team – A powerful duo for your success

SAE represents 25 years of innovative software, comprehensive variant know-how, personal dedication and fundamental solidity. We are economically independent and operate from our own strength. For us, our customers are the number one priority – we are driven by their success and their employees’ satisfaction.

Our team & our software create the difference – you can rely on our passion, expertise and innovative software.

SAE Management - Erich Schaarschmidt & Susanne Henkel

The management team behind SAE: Erich Schaarschmidt and Susanne Henkel

Dipl. Ing. Erich Schaarschmidt

Founder & Managing Director

Erich has a strong passion for digital innovations and applies his technological expertise to the future-oriented advancement of our variant management and CPQ software. His mission is to create a consistent and efficient platform that drives our customers ahead and secures their positive business development in the long term.

Professional background: After studying mechanical engineering, Erich worked as a group, department and plant manager at various manufacturing companies, where he was responsible for efficient production processes and the implementation of SAP® at several companies. In 2000 he founded SAE turning his passion into a profession. His aim was and is to provide manufacturers of complex and variant-rich products with the very best software support.

“Manufacturing companies with complex products face many challenges in today’s global markets. Our objective is to enable these companies to successfully manage and market their varied product portfolios worldwide with our innovative solution. The SAE platform not only establishes consistent system landscapes at our customers, it also simplifies their processes considerably and is at the same time extremely user-friendly.”

Susanne Henkel

Managing Director

Susanne’s passion is to digitalize sales processes and organize the sales of complex products as simply and successfully as possible. Her focus is on convincing usability, the consistency of processes and the sustainable data usage within the entire system landscape.

Professional background: Susanne Henkel has studied Business Psychology & Corporate Management and has been with SAE since 2010. Initially, she worked in project management and was responsible for numerous international software rollouts. Since 2019 she is a member of the SAE management board and in charge of the company’s sales and strategic direction.

“I am proud to be part of the SAE team. The power & flexibility of our software is unbeatable. The way we implement projects together with our customers is outstanding and simply a pleasure! The technical expertise of our team and their genuine enthusiasm for new digitalization projects guarantee the success of our projects.”

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