SINGAPORE--SAP's Ian Brown is departing the company, after four years as its Asia-Pacific communications chief.

An SAP spokesperson confirmed that Brown had left the company. He served as VP of and head of corporate communications for Asia-Pacific and Japan at the software giant.

Brown's successor, added the spokesperson, will be appointed from within the company. The role oversees media relationships, analyst and influencer relations, employee communications and government relations. Brown reported to SAP Asia-Pacific Japan president Steve Watts and global comms head Hubertus Kuelps.

Before joining SAP, Brown held senior executive positions in the Asia-Pacific region with SingTel/NCS, Accenture and Macquarie Bank.

"Following a successful four years as SAP APJ’s head of communications, Ian Brown has left SAP to take time off to sail and write," said the spokesperson. "We are in the process of identifying his successor internally, and believe we will be able to make an official announcement soon."

"Ian remains a friend of SAP and we wish him all the very best in his future endeavours."