Bowling, who has been in the position for more than six years and has been seen to make great strides in raising the profile of the user group, announced the change in leadership this morning at the group's annual conference in Manchester.
"Philip has been working closely with me over the last year as well as taking a very active role with SUGEN, the global network of SAP user groups. Philip will be taking over as Chairman of the User Group when my tenure comes to an end in March next year," said Bowling in his keynote.
"I've really enjoyed leading the User Group over the last few years; it's a great organisation that gives you the privilege of working with great people."
He added: "I'll continue that work, but it's now time for a new Chairperson: and I have no doubt that I'm handing over to a pair of very safe hands."
When welcomed on stage, Adams said that Bowling would be a 'tough act to follow', but he was looking forward to challenging SAP on the ever-growing concern around licensing complexity and cost.