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December 15, 2016

Planon Demonstrates Global Facility Management Thought Leadership

~ David Karpook, Anne-Marie Kleiss and Erik Jaspers Appointed Board Members ~

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

​The Real Estate Advisory & Leadership (REAL) Community seeks to build and communicate knowledge and expertise on the practice of real estate as it affects real estate and facility management professionals, and to influence the practice of real estate management 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 an industry expert of 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, managing workplace technology projects around the world. 

“The importance of building community knowledge of real estate continues to grow business needs evolve,” said Karpook. “I’m very happy to be a part of OSCRE and our mission.”

Additionally, Kleiss was recently appointed as board member MarCom of Facility Management Netherlands (FMN) association. FMN is the independent professional association for those interested in the facility management domain in the Netherlands. The association aims to play a leading role in the continuing development and positioning of the FM profession by linking and inspiring facility management professionals.

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

Jaspers was appointed member of the “GEFMA Working Council CAFM”. The interdisciplinary working council consists of university professors, software developers, suppliers, consultants and users who bring special CAFM-related trend topics forward and ensure the knowledge transfer within the market. With his broad international experience Japers, who is also member of the IFMA Foundation board of trustees, brings in a more global perspective. Current focus topics of Jaspers are BIM, Workplace Management, internet of things, and smart technologies. As a leading network of facility managers, the association represents more than 850 companies and organizations. At the same time GEFMA is the roof and engine for a joint conceptual framework, marketable standards and a modern image of 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 like ATOS (Origin) and Philips.

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