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Gianmaria Perancin has been elected as the new Chairman for SUGEN for a two-year term during the late-November SUGEN Face to Face meeting in Walldorf, Germany.

The SUGEN Core Leadership Team for 2017 consists of five members: the newly elected chairman Gianmaria Perancin from USF (SAP French Speaking User Group), Rob van der Marck from VNSG (SAP Dutch Speaking User Group), Grahame Reynolds from SAUG (SAP Australian User Group), Frank Haes from SAPience.be (SAP Belgian User Group) and Johan Rusaanes from SBN (SAP Norwegian User Group).

Gianmaria Perancin: "As representatives of the majority of SAP customers, we aim to set a high bar of ambitious goals that provide the maximum benefit to all SAP User Group members.
A world of dramatic change due to digitalization and a shared economy deeply impacts the SAP ecosystem. It is imperative that SUGEN collaborates closely with SAP in order to prepare for this new world, and to support our members in this journey. Localization and maintenance are some examples of the strategic topics we are working on with SAP."

Yasmin Awad, Senior Vice President, Global User Groups Organization, SAP SE: "SUGEN represents a powerful international voice to SAP, resonating throughout SAP's strategy and solutions. Together, we have nurtured and strengthened our relationship in the past years, resulting in crucial mutual insights, empathy and trust. For this year, we will continue the dialogue around new-generation ERP, success in the cloud, and innovations in the digital age."    
William Khalil from SUGMENA (Middle East/North Africa) leaves SUGEN Chairmanship after a two year term. "William's action has been fundamental, while driving SUGEN to work more on strategic topics than in the past. His actions were inspired by his ability to listen, his pragmatism and his vision. William has traced a path for continuous improvement, influence, growth and progress of this wonderful network. He leaves a rich heritage. We'll keep building a future of a rich, exciting and engaging exchange with SAP, for the benefit of all our User Groups," states Gianmaria Perancin.


Established in 2007, SUGEN is a global network of twenty user groups designed to facilitate open, honest dialogue between members and SAP. By working together, SUGEN members provide consolidated strategic influence priorities and work with SAP to resolve them, provide an effective and efficient method for communication among user groups and SAP, and share best practices between user groups and SAP for the mutual benefit of all.

Current members include AFSUG (Africa), ASUG Argentina, ASUG Brazil, ASUG Colombia, ASUG Mexico, ASUG  (USA, Canada), AUSAPE (Spain), CSUA (China), FINUG (Finland), INDUS (India), JSUG (Japan), NZSUG (New Zealand), , SAPience.be (Belgium), SAPSA (Sweden), SAUG (Australia), SBN (Norway), SUGMENA (Middle?East & North Africa), UKISUG (UK & Ireland), USF (France) and VNSG (Netherlands).