Leadership

Read about the leaders behind 20 years of continuous 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

Chief Operating Officer, 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 over 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 in the US.

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 joined Planisware as Managing Director for the UK operations, where he is responsible for all sales and customer facing operations for UK customers – leveraging all the benefits of an existing worldwide Planisware operation.

Experienced and a passionate ‘customer advocate’ with proven track record of delivering value to customers, Kay has over 16 years’ experience in the technology sector and possessing experience of working in corporate, SME and entrepreneurial businesses, with responsibility for operational and strategic objectives.  MBA qualified with international experience - including managing programme delivery operations delivering to the US and Japan. 

Kay has worked in the PPM market as a user, a buyer of PPM tools as well as managing teams selling and deploying PPM tools.

Experience also includes management of customer facing delivery teams, management of 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.

 

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.