The SAP User Group of the Middle East and North Africa (Sugmena) has launched a new networking forum of senior-level executives from companies across the region that are using SAP to influence the company’s strategic direction and alignment with market needs.
Sugmena, a non-profit organisation that all customers using SAP in the region can join as members, has a vision to collaborate and exchange experiences, knowledge, best practices, and industry expertise among peers.
The inaugural launch of the C-Council took place at the recent 2014 SAP Forum and Sugmena Annual Conference in Riyadh and Dubai, with overwhelming interest and response demonstrating joint commitment on behalf of SAP and its customers.
In Saudi Arabia, Sugmena hosted Dr Werner Brandt, member of executive board of SAP and chief financial officer, and Luka Mucic, member of the executive board of SAP, head of Global Finance, who has taken over the CFO role upon Brandt’s retirement.
William Khalil, influence and liaison director, Sugmena, said: “In support of the region’s businesses in their IT transformation and growth, the C-Council will drive discussions on key innovations like cloud integration and security, which are impacting customers at a rapid pace.”
Sugmena formed the C-Council following approval from the its board, in order to enrich the Mena region with a higher level of strategic discussions between the customer and SAP.
It has pledged to continue its focus on management issues, and challenges operational in nature, under a different channel of communication. In the coming months, the C-Council will form and establish its charter and corporate governance.
Sam Alkharrat, president, SAP Mena and executive sponsor of the Sugmena C-Council, said: “As the Mena region continues to grow, SAP welcomes the formation of the C-Council and looks forward to the open collaboration as we encourage and maintain an environment of innovation, simplification, and execution in the company.”
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