Dr. Ing. Joachim P. Walser, Co-Founder and CEO
Dr Walser is Co-founder and CEO of planfocus software GmbH, with overall responsibilities for Company Operations and Business Development. Prior to founding planfocus, he was responsible for the development and successful introduction of optimization software in many innovative international supply chain projects. These projects, where he operated from the USA for almost 5 years, resulted in many millions of dollars in savings and additional profits for the customers. Dr Walser’s work on optimization methods is documented in a number of international patents. He was awarded a doctorate in Computer Science (summa cum laude) from the University of Saarbrücken in 1998, and worked as invited researcher in various globally renowned institutes including AT&T Labs New Jersey, SICS Stockholm and NUS Singapore. Dr Walser holds a Master of Science degree from the Computational Intelligence Research Lab of the University of Oregon, in Artificial Intelligence.
Andreas Ulrich, Co-Founder and CTO, Managing Director
Andreas Ulrich is Co-founder and CTO of planfocus software GmbH with responsibilities for Software Innovation and Strategic Development. Prior to founding planfocus, he led the development of various successful software products for the self-service banking automation sector which are in operation in many banking institutions. Mr Ulrich has a total of over 30 years’ experience in the field of self-service banking systems, including consultancy work in various capacities which saw him oversee leading projects at the banking institutions Bayerische Vereinsbank, Deutsche Bank and Stadtsparkasse München as well as a number of other savings banks, data centers (FIDUCIA) and companies such as Reis GmbH & Co. KG, Siemens and IBM Germany. In addition to his specialization in the area of banking automation, he has also made a name for himself in the field of software architecture and project management. In 1990, Andreas Ulrich was awarded a degree in Computer Science from the Technical University of Munich.
Clemens Sickinger, Director Software-Development
Clemens Sickinger is Director at planfocus software GmbH and responsible for Software Development, Optimization Technologies and Business Analytics at planfocus software GmbH. He has over 10 years of experience in the field of complex mathematical optimization processes and business analytics in national and international projects. As a result of his long-term contribution to the optimization technologies of the CCO® suite, he is also currently responsible for solution architecture in addition to his management duties. Mr Sickinger holds a degree in Industrial Engineering specializing in Computer Science and Operations Research from the University of Karlsruhe and a Master of Commercial Laws from the University of Saarbrücken. Before joining planfocus, he was responsible for the development and application of mathematical optimization processes in the service sector at the Technical University of Munich.
Wolfgang Imenkamp, Client Executive
Wolfgang Imenkamp is responsible for Client and Partner Management at planfocus software GmbH. He has been active in consulting positions in the field of Customer Self Service in the banking and retail industries for over 20 years. From 1990 to 2003 in international Management Consultancies, and following this from 2004 with NCR, Augsburg, responsible for software solutions for Cash Management. At this point, Mr. Imenkamp also became responsible for the partner management of planfocus software, Munich. In 2014 Wolfgang Imenkamp joined planfocus where he took up responsibilities as key account manager in Germany, Austria and Switzerland as well as partner management. Wolfgang Imenkamp successfully graduated with a business degree at the University for Applied Sciences in Essen/Germany.
Walter Dettinger, Account Manager, German Sparkassen-Finanzgruppe
Walter Dettinger is responsible key account manager at planfocus software GmbH for all savings banks of the German “Sparkassen-Finanzgruppe,” the largest retail banking group in Germany with over 400 member banks. Mr. Dettinger has been in the field of self-service banking and retail banking as a product manager and account manager for over 25 years. In the years 1992 to 2011, Mr. Dettinger worked for several companies such as EBS, Ascom/EBS, 3x Banktechnik, bit-consult and SSG Lange&Partner AG, where he managed clients in Germany with regards to the solutions of the respective companies. In 2011, Mr. Dettinger joined planfocus software and in 2015 he took the responsibility as the account manager of the Sparkassen in Germany.
Axel Gabe leads the Business Analytics Team and additionally works in the Development Team at planfocus software GmbH with main focus on optimization technologies and central bank cash ordering. He has over 10 years of experience in Business Analytics and more than 25 years in software development, in both national and international projects. Mr Gabe holds a degree in Mathematics from the University of Gießen. Before he joined planfocus, he held key roles in the development of complex software systems at Siemens AG in the area of data transmission for mobile networks.
Holger Thiergen leads Project Management and Customer Service at planfocus software GmbH. Mr. Thiergen has been in the field of self-service and retail banking in various capacities for over 25 years for IBM and SSG Lange&Partner AG, where he led the data center integration and certification of self-service systems from IBM, Diebold and Keba. Since 2009, Mr. Thiergen lead numerous national and international CCO integration and implementation projects, and joined planfocus software in 2012. He holds a degree in automation technology from Leipzig University of Technology.