When You’re the Boss — and the Youngest Person in the Room

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Recently in May, Thomas Saueressig took on and assumed the role of chief information officer at a German software company known as SAP. With this being said he now leads a team of fifteen hundred people. Just before he took this position he had turned thirty one. Saueressig is also number five on the fortunes forty under forty list.

Key Takeaways:

  • Thomas Saueressig assumed the role of chief information officer at the German software company SAP in May
  • Luckily, Saueressig—who is No. 5 on Fortune’s 40 Under 40 list—is used to being one of the youngest people in the room
  • He got more comfortable with the designation as he rose through elementary school, secondary school and university, and the streak continued after graduation

“When older employees end up reporting to younger managers, it shifts social norms that people grew up with. “What I’ve seen is that it makes everyone uncomfortable,” she says.”


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