Claus E. Heinrich is a German manager, entrepreneur, who is an honorary professor for Operations Research at both the Technical University of Berlin and the University of Mannheim.
Heinrich was born in Waiblingen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany.
Heinrich was born in Waiblingen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. He studied Operations Research and business administration at the University of Mannheim from 1976 to 1981, where he obtained his Diplom-Kaufmann (the pre-Bologna Process equivalent of a Master's degree). Afterwards, he obtained his Ph.D. in Operations Research and Supply Chain Management in 1986 at the University of Mannheim and was visiting researcher at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.
Since 2009 he serves as honorary senator of the Heidelberg University. He started his career in 1987 and entered the SAP AG in Walldorf, Germany where he quickly earned the responsibility for the R&D area "Logistics Controlling". He left SAP in 2009 and founded the Sovanta AG that focus on end-to-end business application solutions and services.
And served as board member of SAP between 1996 and 2009. He became member of the global executive committee of SAP in 1996, where he was for the company's product area of Supply Chain Management.