Dr. Ing. Joachim P. Walser, CEO and Co-Founder
Joachim P. Walser serves as CEO of planfocus software, which he co-founded in 2004 in Germany. In this role, he is responsible for driving the organization’s successful growth strategy and international business development. Walser has over 20 years of experience in driving complex supply chains to maximum value. Prior to founding planfocus, he was responsible for numerous successful optimization architectures at i2 Technologies in Dallas, Texas, resulting in millions of dollars in savings and customer profits. He holds a doctorate in Computer Science from the University des Saarlandes (Summa cum Laude) and a Master of Science from the Computational Intelligence Research Lab of the University of Oregon. Dr Walser’s work on optimization methods is documented in a number of international patents.
Andreas Ulrich, CTO and Co-Founder, Managing Director
Andreas Ulrich is Chief Technology Officer and Co-founder 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, Chief Delivery Officer
Clemens Sickinger is Chief Delivery Officer of planfocus software GmbH, with responsibility for the integrated global delivery of software products and services to customers across the globe, through establishing world class processes and practices. 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. Mr Sickinger holds a degree in Industrial Engineering specializing in Computer Science and Operations Research from the University of Karlsruhe and a Master of Law (LLM) 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, Team Lead, Business Analytics
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.
Dr. rer. nat. Peter Lietz, Senior Optimization Architect
Peter Lietz has been professionally involved in the design and implementation of cash cycle optimization software solutions since 2006, with an emphasis on mathematical models for forecasting and optimization. Before he joined planfocus in 2016, he developed solutions for retail and central banks at Wincor Nixdorf. His main area of expertise is combinatorial optimization, which he has previously applied in other realms, such as the optimized design of matrix switches. He is also a long time Linux enthusiast. Dr Lietz holds a PhD in Mathematics from Darmstadt University of Technology.
Holger Thiergen, Head of Project Management
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.
Dr. Ing. Arash Gharibi, Team Lead, Frontend
Arash Gharibi leads the frontend team at planfocus software GmbH, spearheading new developments of the software frontend. He has over 13 years of experience in professional software development and has successfully finished almost 100 large software projects with international scope in USA, Canada, Latin America, Europe, Russia, Middle East, Asia and Australia across various sectors such as IT, energy, financial services, petroleum, disaster management and utility. Before joining planfocus, he cooperated with various large and international companies such as Dolphin Energy, TexasBrine, TGS Argentina, Oilsearch, Bulgartransgaz, ROSEN Group and EDRI where he served as team leader and senior software developer. Dr. Gharibi holds various certifications such as PSM, CSM, CSP and CSTM. He holds a Master degree in Computer Science from the University of Twente and a doctorate degree in Computer Science from the University of Bremen jointly with the University of Twente.
Peng Wang, Senior Software Architect
Peng Wang is in charge of new front-end software architectures at planfocus software GmbH. He has over 7 years of professional experience in international projects with USA, Argentina, Colombia, the Netherlands, Bulgaria, Qatar, UAE and India in various sectors such as energy, petroleum, logistics, risk assessment, education and financial services. Before joining planfocus, Mr. Wang has cooperated with various large and international companies such as ESRI Germany, ROSEN Group and Daimler where he served as senior software developer and software architect. Mr. Wang has been doing research on Data visualisation in University of Twente, and he holds Master of Science degree in Computer Informatics, Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Geoinformatics Engineering and Bachelor of Law from Beijing Normal University.