Mohamed Amer, PhDIndependent Board Member, Investor and Startup Advisor
Living in Southern California, Mohamed is keen on applying his corporate and entrepreneurial executive leadership across strategy, technology, and communications in the service of progressive boards of directors, c-suites, and startup companies. Mohamed brings a unique combination of business and cross-cultural capabilities to impact policy, governance, strategy, and outcomes for organizations in multiple industry sectors and domains.
Mohamed is a proven strategic leader, mentor, and communicator with executive, board, entrepreneurial, and operational experience across the private and public sectors. He combines unique skills as a decorated aviator and military intelligence officer, a distinguished corporate executive at Germany’s SAP, and a startup co-founder with a successful M&A exit. He has a track record in identifying, formulating, and executing product portfolio strategy, go-to-market, strategic communications, and building programs that identify and align opportunities to aggressive growth trajectories. Mohamed is a highly trusted coach and advisor for senior executives and entrepreneurs in the technology and consumer-facing industries.
During his tenure at SAP, Mohamed held several senior roles that included leading the solution footprint, M&A, and go-to-market strategy for the global grocery business and developing the future supply chain product area for retail. While leading the Retail Business Unit in the Americas, he supported business development, key customer implementations, and strategic relationships and managed strategic user groups and executive customer councils. He also led internal and external communication roles across multiple sectors and had responsibility for executive communications in SAP’s Office of the Co-Presidents.
Before SAP, Mohamed was co-founder and President of NEXstep, a supply chain software startup that Viewlocity acquired. He also held leadership positions in the retail management consultancy Kurt Salmon Associates (acquired by Accenture) with extensive Retail and CPG client engagements and general management roles in the office products industry at Boise Cascade and Buhrmann-Tetterode.
As a Naval Flight Officer and airborne Mission Commander in the U.S. Navy, Mohamed led national airborne SIGINT missions in several theatres of operations, including areas of conflict. As an intelligence officer, he coordinated intelligence collection, analysis, and dissemination across multiple intelligence organizations (DIA, CIA, NSA) and allied countries. At the Pentagon, Mohamed represented the Office of the Director of Naval Intelligence on Capitol Hill. He participated in House and Senate Committee hearings on Persian Gulf mining incidents and delivered one-on-one briefings to the late Honorable Senator John W. Warner of Virginia.
Mohamed holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Human and Organizational Systems from Fielding Graduate University. He has earned an MBA at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and an M.A. in National Security Affairs at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School.