Who we are
Planon is a global software provider that helps building owners and occupiers, commercial service providers, and financial controllers to streamline business processes for buildings, people and workplaces. Planon has over 2,500 customers in 40 countries, offices in the United Kingdom, Singapore, the Netherlands, Belgium, Canada, Germany, France, Sweden, India, Austria, Hong Kong and the United States. Founded in 1982, Planon employs over 750 employees, committed to the success of Planon’s customers. In our new series, Meet the Experts, you can have a look behind the scenes of Planon and learn more about Planon’s people and processes.
As a market leading specialist with over 35 years of experience, Planon has always focused on – and significantly invested in – product innovation. The Research & Development team at Planon consists of over 100 employees who continually improve and extend our home-grown and truly integrated software solutions to better meet customer needs.
Planon was named a ‘leader’ in the Verdantix 2019 Green Quadrant® Integrated Workplace Management Systems (IWMS), reinforcing our position as a strong solution provider in the global IWMS market. Since 2006 Planon has been listed as a ‘leader’ by Gartner in its Magic Quadrant for IWMS. Planon has implemented its comprehensive solutions for over 2,500 clients, supported by offices around the world.
Each of Planon’s executives brings significant insight within his or her core area of expertise and a proven track record of delivering quantifiable results, developing high performing teams, anticipating industry needs and positioning an organisation for the future.
Pierre Guelen | Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
As founder and CEO of Planon, Pierre Guelen is responsible for global operations and is the architect of the company’s strategy and overall vision. Pierre Guelen spearheads Planon’s leadership role in the facility management and real estate software industry. Since founding Planon in 1982, Pierre Guelen has taken an active role in increasing the profile of the industry and of demonstrating the role that real estate and facilities play in supporting overall business strategy and driving bottom line success. His leadership has resulted in the organisation winning multiple awards, including being honoured as one of Deloitte’s Best Managed Companies. Pierre Guelen was educated at Avans University of Applied Sciences in Den Bosch and Rotterdam and has a degree in Industrial Engineering.
Fred Guelen | Chief Operating Officer (COO) and President North America
As Planon’s COO and President of North American operations, Fred Guelen works in Planon’s North American headquarters in Boston, MA and brings more than 25 years of legal, entrepreneurial and management experience. In addition to his role as President of North America, he has management responsibility for Planon’s legal function. Prior to joining Planon, Fred was one of the founding partners of the international law firm Buren van Velzen Guelen (BVVG). He has extensive knowledge and experience managing complex (cross border) mergers & acquisitions, private equities, restructuring and financing projects. Fred Guelen studied law at the University of Leiden and the University of Amsterdam.
Edwin Klijsen | Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
As Chief Financial Officer, Edwin Klijsen is responsible for the Finance, IT and Information Management Departments within the Planon Group. Edwin has a broad experience, having worked in a wide range of financial roles for over twenty years. Edwin has held several senior management positions with leading companies including Ericsson, Imtech and Redwood Software, allowing him to gain extensive international experience. Edwin completed his studies in Logistics Management at the Fontys University of Applied Sciences.
Marcel Groenenboom | Chief Commercial Officer (CCO)
As General Manager for the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the Nordic countries, Marcel Groenenboom is responsible for all Planon’s sales and services activities in the north-western part of Europe. Prior to joining Planon, Marcel worked at HP Netherlands, followed by more than nine years at SAP, five of which were as a member of the management team of SAP Netherlands. Marcel has also held various other management positions, the most notable being four years working as the Director General Business & Channels. Marcel completed his studies in Engineering Management, specialising in Industrial Marketing and Information Sciences, at the University of Twente.
Henk Laracker | Chief Technology Officer (CTO)
As Chief Technology Officer, Henk Laracker is responsible for the product development and innovations of the Planon Universe platform. As Lead Architect, he first brought the product platform to enterprise level. In his current role, he adapted the organisation and product delivery to a continuous process of monthly release of the software to all Planon customers. He led many other innovation projects including setting up the Planon Cloud Center, which is regarded as the most innovative cloud platform in the real estate and facility management domain. Henk has over 20 years of software development experience. Before his time at Planon, Henk worked for various ICT companies, where he gained extensive experience with product development and maintenance management software. Henk Laracker studied at Avans University College in Venlo, where he graduated with a degree in Technical Informatics.
Arjen Heeres | President of the Supervisory Board of the Planon Corporation
Arjen Heeres began his career at Esso and later worked for a subsidiary of Capgemini, which specialized in knowledge-based systems and artificial intelligence. In 1997, he became Managing Director of Imtech IT Systems, a Dutch provider of IT services. In 2000, he became COO and co-owner of Quintiq, a software company headquartered in the Netherlands that provides advanced planning and optimisation solutions. As COO of Quintiq, he grew the company from a startup to a worldwide leader with more than 1.000 employees and a presence in all major markets. In 2014 Quintiq was acquired by Dassault Systems, the second largest software company in Europe. As of 2016, Arjen acts as President of the Supervisory Board of the Planon Group.
Onno Krap | Member of the Supervisory Board of the Planon Corporation
Onno Krap has a strong financial background with an MBA in finance from the University of Florida and an RC degree from the VU in Amsterdam. Onno started his career in 1991 at Accenture, where he held various positions within the finance consulting group. In 2000, he made the transition to Biotechnology and started at Applera Corporation as Financial Director Europe. In 2011, he moved to Crucell, where he eventually became the CFO. Since 2012, he has been the CFO at Exact, an international software supplier for SMEs and accountants. Onno has been a member of the Supervisory Board of Planon Group BV since 2017.
Much of Planon’s success is due to the contribution of a proven management team that has been able to effectively evaluate customer challenges and move quickly to deliver solutions that address their unique needs.
Johnny Sim Yong Thiam | General Manager Business Area Asia
Johnny is a passionate leader who strives to be a positive change agent for the company and people he works with. He is a hands-on leader who works to align organisational requirements with the interests of his team. Johnny started his career as an external auditor at one of the Big Four accountancy firms. He then became an internal audit team leader in Southeast Asia’s largest commercial bank, before taking on an entrepreneurial role in sales and business development for a Belgian business software company. Over the next 19 years Johnny rose through the organisation to manage the Asian market excluding Japan and China and was instrumental in growing this part of the business. He hopes to positively contribute to the growth and success of Planon Asia in the next phase of his career.