Revolving Door At SAP?
I also asked McDermott about SAP's ability to keep top talent. He said entreprenurial CEOs of acquired companies, like Bob Calderoni of Ariba, Lars Dalgaard of SuccessFactors, and John Chen of Sybase, don't tend to want to stick around to run departments of larger companies. "Call them up. They're all still great friends of the company and we remain on good terms."
The best contrast here would be Salesforce.com, which has managed to keep Marcel Lebrun of Radian6, Michael Lazerow of Buddy Media, and Alex Dayon of InStranet, among others, though it did lose Byron Sebastian of Heroku.