Mr Sauter, who has been the club’s Vice President for three years, replaces Blandine Cressard as the President.
He has lived in Phuket for 17 years and been a member of Skål since 2004.
He said he was keen to keep membership numbers at their current number of around 80 and to focus on getting existing members to become more active and involved in the group’s events.
Regent Panwa General Manager Brice Borin has been appointed Vice President.
The Phuket group is a branch of the worldwide organisation, which is a networking group for members of the travel and tourism industry.