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Leadership

The leaders behind 20 years of growth and success for Planisware.

PIERRE DEMONSANT

CEO and Founder of Planisware

Pierre Demonsant is the CEO and Founder of Planisware. Early on in his career at Thales IS, within the information systems subsidiary called Syseca, Pierre recognized the frustration that matrix organizations undergo when attempting to organize complex work spanning multiple work streams.

In 1992, he began to develop project planning software that would be able to support intricate networks of dependencies and constraints across business units and teams. This software would later be adopted by Arianespace and EDF. 

Following his early success, Pierre incorporated a spin-off of Thales called Planisware in 1996, signing multi-national pharmaceutical giant, Sanofi as Planisware’s first client. Today, Planisware serves over 290 organizations across 4 continents. Pierre continues to oversee the company’s strategy and international expansion and sits on the board of several software companies.

Pierre graduated from Ecole Polytechnique in Paris, France, specializing in artificial intelligence and operational research. Pierre has a wife and two kids, and is an avid kite surfer.

 

ANTOINE VILLATA

CEO, North America

With several years of experience as a Planisware consultant in Paris under his belt, Antoine Villata moved to the US in 2001 to establish Planisware Services in North America, starting operations in both California and New Jersey.

Antoine has more than 16 years of hands-on experience in the field of project and portfolio management (PPM). His experience includes designing and implementing PPM solutions at several major NPD companies, directing global multi-site and multi-region projects, and partnering with prestigious consulting firms to implement processes and methodologies that increase returns on R&D investments. He uses his cumulative experience on a daily basis in his role of overseeing operations and supporting Planisware's expansion in North America.

Antoine received an MS in Innovation Management from Compiegne Technology University (UTC) in France as well as an MBA in Marketing and Finance from the Wharton School.

On weekends, Antoine enjoys spending time with his wife and two small children, and kitesurfing around the Bay Area!

KAY OJO

Managing Director, UK, Europe

Kay Ojo is the Managing Director for Planisware’s U.K. operations, where he is responsible for all sales and customer-facing operations for U.K. customers.

An experienced and passionate “customer advocate” with a proven track record of delivering value, Kay has more than 16 years of experience in the technology sector, and worked in the PPM market as a user and a buyer, and managed teams selling and deploying PPM tools. He’s developed and managed operational and strategic objectives for companies of all sizes, and has extensive international business experience, including the management of global program delivery operations. His experience also includes full-scale day-to-day business operations, such as management of customer-facing delivery and product development teams, delivery of strategic pre-sales, and sales/account management engagements.

Kay has an Electronic and Computer Systems degree from University of Salford as well as an MBA from Lancaster University.

LOIC SAUTOUR

Senior Vice President, North America

Loic Sautour is Senior Vice President, North America, for Planisware, spearheading the company's successful, continued North American expansion, as well as a network of Planisware partners.

Prior to this, Loic served multiple Product Management roles to bring the company’s new product development and life science solutions to market. For over 16 years, he has been instrumental in bringing the Planisware solution to several life sciences, automotive and high-tech organizations, both in North America and abroad.

Loic has a bachelor's degree in Innovation Management and a master's of science in Innovation and Technology Management with a focus on project and risk management from the University of Technology of Compiegne, France.

 

THERESA HWANG

Director of Marketing, North America

Theresa Hwang is Planisware’s Director of Marketing and is responsible for managing the execution of the organization’s marketing strategy across North America.

Since taking on her role in 2011, Theresa has expanded the organization’s marketing programs. Under her watch, Planisware has organized more than 50 practitioner-centric PPM events, extended outbound marketing efforts, developed relationships with industry thought leaders and leveraged technology platforms for more efficient program execution. She’s also been responsible for expanding the marketing and lead generation teams in the United States.

Theresa began her career with Planisware in 2003 as a consultant, during which time she was an instrumental team member on several key implementations, including Johnson & Johnson, Bristol Myers-Squibb, Genentech, Chiron. As a principal consultant, she served as the project manager for implementations with GlaxoSmithKline, Sprint, Medtronic and Roche. Her background as a consultant provides her with an up-close perspective into the challenges that PPM practitioners face and enables her to develop marketing programs that best respond to these needs.

Theresa holds a bachelor’s of science in electrical engineering from Stanford University. In her spare time, Theresa enjoys eating her way through San Francisco and traveling the world with her husband, and she is impatiently awaiting George R.R. Martin’s next book.

 

NICHOLAS CHEN

Director of Consulting Services, North America - West Coast Operations

Nicholas Chen leads the implementation and consulting services for Planisware’s west coast operations. In addition to overseeing all consulting services from the San Francisco office, he is a solution architect and an executive implementation consultant.

For more than 10 years, Nick has helped major R&D organizations translate project and portfolio management business processes into practical solutions within Planisware software, overseeing all aspects of implementation from requirements gathering to system delivery and adoption. His time at Planisware has afforded him deep knowledge of industry best practices and front-line experience with what works and what doesn’t in portfolio and resource management.

Nick holds a master’s of engineering in Operations Research & Industrial Engineering from Cornell University. He also earned a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science with a minor in Engineering Management from Cornell University.

When he isn’t architecting PPM solutions, you can find Nick stuffing his face with delicious foods, playing hide-and-go-seek with his son and convincing his wife that it's okay for adults to collect comics.

 

JEAN-PASCAL CASAGRANDE

Director of Consulting Services, North America - East Coast Operations

Jean-Pascal (JP), heads the implementation & consulting services from the Planisware Philadelphia office. JP is responsible for directing all regional consulting services from the Philadelphia office and also serves as a solution architect and executive implementation consultant.

For over 12 years, he has been involved in all aspects of enterprise software delivery from early strategic business goals definition all the way to production care and maturation. His diverse cross-industry experience has given him creative insights into how to guide R&D organizations to overcome their specific project, portfolio and resource management challenges.

Jean-Pascal holds a bachelor’s degree in Organization and Information Technologies from the ESCEM School of Business and Management in France.

On any given weekend, you can find Jean-Pascal on the golf course, rain or shine, relentlessly trying to break the 80 mark.