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15 December 2016

Planon demonstrates global Facility Management thought leadership

~ David Karpook, Anne-Marie Kleiss and Erik Jaspers appointed board members ~

15 December 2016 - Planon has announced that David Karpook, Strategic Business Consultant, has been named chairman of the Real Estate Advisory & Leadership Community in IFMA; Anne-Marie Kleiss, Director Marketing Operations & Field Marketing Europe, has been appointed a board member of marketing communications in Facility Management Netherlands (FMN); and Erik Jaspers, Strategy and Innovation, has been named a member of the “GEFMA Working Council CAFM”. Each of these organizations plays a leading role in facilities management education, its positioning and continued development. 

​The Real Estate Advisory & Leadership (REAL) Community builds and communicates knowledge and expertise on real estate practice and its effect on facility management professionals, and it also influences real estate management practice through its thought leadership. In addition to being the new chairman of this community, Karpook is also Vice Chairman of the Open Standards Consortium for Real Estate (OSCRE) and is an industry expert on technology solutions for facility management and real estate. A 20-year industry veteran, he has been a customer, vendor and system implementer, trainer and strategist, and has managed workplace technology projects around the world. 

Additionally, Kleiss has recently been appointed as a MarCom board member for Facility Management Netherlands (FMN). FMN is the independent professional association for the facility management sector in the Netherlands. The association plays a leading role in the ongoing development and positioning of the FM profession by providing a network where facility management professionals can link up and find inspiration.

"I am convinced that marketing and communications are an indispensable link for achieving the mission of FMN,” said Kleiss. “That's why I would like to share my knowledge and experience and I look forward to contributing to the growth of the association."

Jaspers has been appointed a member of the “GEFMA Working Council CAFM”. The interdisciplinary working council consists of university professors, software developers, suppliers, consultants and users whose role is to bring and raise awareness of relevant CAFM topics, and thereby facilitate knowledge transfer within the market. With his broad international experience, Japers, who is also member of the IFMA Foundation board of trustees, contributes a global perspective, and his current focus includes BIM, Workplace Management, the Internet of Things, and smart technologies. The association represents over 850 organizations and is a leading networking forum for facility managers.  GEFMA acts as the “roof and engine” for a joint conceptual framework, promotes market standards and a modern image for facility managers. Jaspers has over 30 years of experience in IT Technology and has held various positions, primarily in IT Project Management and Information Management for multinational companies such as ATOS (Origin) and Philips.

“The facility management industry is an important sector in the German economy,” said Jaspers. “I am honoured to be a part of GEFMA and to help foster innovation in facility management.”