Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Ranjan Das passed away.

OracAlum, and president of SAP India and Southeast Asia, Ranjan Das passed away yesterday. He was so young and so very talented, and such a great friend to so many. He was just 42 years old, with so many passions. He loved exercising, film, and his family and friends.

A statement was released by SAP that says:

SAP is deeply saddened by the news that our colleague Ranjan Das has passed away suddenly today. This comes as a great shock to all of us within the SAP family and is felt most profoundly by every one of us. We will be sharing more information once we have had the opportunity to further understand the family's wishes. Our deepest sympathies go out to his family, friends and work colleagues," said Geraldine McBride, president for SAP Asia Pacific Japan.

Das (42) had over 15 years of experience in the business software industry, eight of which were spent in SAP. He co-founded SAP xApps, one of the fastest growing businesses for the company. He also played a pivotal role in the early adoption of SAP NetWeaver, Duet, GRC, and e-Sourcing.

I reached out to his wife but have not spoken with her yet. I'm so sorry for the loss, and will miss him terribly. Hug your friends and family today (and everyday).


  1. Dennis - like you, I am shocked and saddened too. Ranjan was energetic, and made fabulous contributions (and enjoyed accompanying success in every step of his life

    I knew him before he went to HBS, then as he, his wife and Deep Nishar started a company (in which I had a small investment), and finally of course his great SAP stint with Dennis and others. All along we kept in close touch and it was such a pleasure seeing him innovate and drive business forward.

    And on a personal level, he was just a great friend who I could count on.

    What a loss.


  2. I got to know Ranjan well at SAP while working together on the Duet project. We stayed in touch over the years and I had an opportunity to meet him for lunch last month during a business trip to India. He looked in great shape and told me how much he was enjoying the challenges of the job. He was looking forward to returning to the bay area eventually.

    A terrible tragedy, he will be missed.