Glynn Lowth is to step down as chairman of the SAP UK and Ireland User Group after six years and hand over the reigns to Alan Bowling, IS director at Northern Foods.
Lowth made the announcement this morning at the first day of the SAP UK and Ireland User Group conference taking place in Birmingham. Bowling takes over the role from this week.
Lowth told the 600 delegates attending the sixth full conference of the organisation since it was founded and second full conference since becoming independent, that he would continue as a director of the organisation.
He said he was pleased with the progress made by the user group during his tenure in terms of establishing its independence.
"We now have our own premises, website, accountants and auditors, all funded by member subcriptions," he said. "We have also increased membership from 236 to over 400 organisations and expanded our contacts with user groups around the globe."
Lowth said with the changing business environment on globalisation, the SAP user group was concentrating on building its contacts with other user groups internationally to reflect that trend.
"I am pleased to say that as we make more global contacts, the UK and Ireland SAP User Group is emerging as one of the most active and independent in the world," Lowth said.