Leadership

The Planet Forward leadership team is composed of proven senior executives with extensive industry knowledge and experience.

Mike Stomberg, Chief Executive Officer

Michael Stomberg is the founder and CEO of The Planet Group of Companies which includes Planet Pharma, Planet Forward, Planet Healthcare, PFES, UXFactory and Planet Interactive.

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Mike Stomberg, Chief Executive Officer

Michael Stomberg is the founder and CEO of The Planet Group of Companies which includes Planet Pharma, Planet Forward, Planet Healthcare, PFES, UXFactory and Planet Interactive. Michael has over 20 years of experience developing and leading global organizations. Michael is skilled at organizational development, leadership development, budgeting, streamlining operations, technology integration, team development, and global business strategy.

Tim Simmerly, President

Tim Simmerly is President of Planet Forward. He oversees global strategy, as well as the day-to-day operations, for Planet Forward services to the energy, environmental, industrial engineering, and technology sectors.

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Tim Simmerly, President

Tim Simmerly is President of Planet Forward. He oversees global strategy, as well as the day-to-day operations, for Planet Forward services to the energy, environmental, industrial engineering, and technology sectors. Tim is dedicated to the growth of the company, focusing on business development and operational success to ensure Planet Forward continues to be the leading provider of services to energy and industrial clients. He has more than 13 years of experience in the professional staffing and consulting industries primarily supporting energy, power engineering, and environmental organizations. Tim joined Planet Forward in 2009 and has held numerous leadership positions including Director of Business Development, Vice President, and Executive Vice President. He was named President in 2013.

Tim Bauwens, Chief Financial Officer

Tim Bauwens is the CFO of The Planet Group of Companies and is responsible for accounting and reporting, financial planning, cash management, human resources and risk management.

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Tim Bauwens, Chief Financial Officer

Tim Bauwens is the CFO of The Planet Group of Companies and is responsible for accounting and reporting, financial planning, cash management, human resources and risk management.  He has over 25 years corporate accounting and finance experience, having spent the early part of his career focused on mergers & acquisitions, mostly in the service and utilities sectors.  Tim has spent the last ten years in the professional services and construction industries working with publicly traded and privately held companies with an emphasis on accelerated topline growth, improved cashflow, and maximizing return on investment. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from Augustana College, and holds a Master’s Degree in Entrepreneurship from DePaul University’s Kellstadt Graduate School of Business.

Carolyn Durham, Chief Operating Officer

Carolyn Durham brings a unique blend of experience in account management, business development and corporate operations to lead the direction of our client services, business development and administrative functions.

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Carolyn Durham, Chief Operating Officer

Carolyn Durham brings a unique blend of experience in account management, business development and corporate operations to lead the direction of our client services, business development and administrative functions. Carolyn brings over 12 years of experience in the professional staffing and consulting industries primarily supporting pharmaceutical, biotechnology and device organizations. Her experience has encompassed sales, recruitment, business development, commercial operations and project management. Carolyn has a bachelor’s degree in communications and culture with a minor in business and sociology from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN.

Frank Caputo, Vice President

Frank Caputo is Vice President of Planet Forward and currently responsible for the delivery of global IT staffing solutions to Planet Forward’s clients.

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Frank Caputo, Vice President

Frank Caputo is Vice President of Planet Forward and currently responsible for the delivery of global IT staffing solutions to Planet Forward’s clients. He has more than 15 years of experience in the IT staffing and consulting industries, primarily supporting Energy, Pharmaceutical, and Financial Service organizations. He is focused on building lasting relationships with clients by developing a deep understanding of their business needs and delivering the right projects and services at the right time. Frank has been involved in the start-up of multiple divisions across the organization since its inception in 2009.

Tony Callahan, Vice President

Tony Callahan is Vice President of Planet Forward. He oversees business development for Product Engineering and Manufacturing industries as well as key operational functions including professional development and global growth strategy.

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Tony Callahan, Vice President

Tony Callahan is Vice President of Planet Forward. He oversees business development for Product Engineering and Manufacturing industries as well as key operational functions including professional development and global growth strategy. With a proven track record for growing teams and gaining market share, Tony is committed to Planet Forward’s continued expansion through customer satisfaction and organization development. Tony joined Planet Forward in 2014 bringing over 11 years of experience in professional staffing services in various manufacturing industries. He prides himself on his customer service and his dedicated teams. Tony has a Bachelor’s degree from UW-Whitewater with a major in Public Relations and a minor in Marketing.

Ashley Porter, Director of Operations

Ashley Porter is Planet Forward’s Director of Operations. She joined Planet Forward in 2010, quickly advancing through the organization before being named Director of Recruitment in 2013 and Director of Operations in 2016.

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Ashley Porter, Director of Operations

Ashley Porter is Planet Forward’s Director of Operations. She joined Planet Forward in 2010, quickly advancing through the organization before being named Director of Recruitment in 2013 and Director of Operations in 2016. Ashley continues to be an integral part of Planet Forward’s global expansion with a diverse range of experience encompassing company operations, recruitment, account management, business development, and training. Under her leadership, Planet Forward provides exceptional talent to the energy and infrastructure, oil and gas, manufacturing, technology and professional services sectors. Ashley holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Communications with minors in both Business Management and Leadership Studies from Bradley University.

Keith Jervis, Sr. Director of Operations, EU

Keith Jervis is the Operational Head for Europe. He joined the business in August of 2013 working with the ownership and leadership of the organisation to plan the expansion of our operations in to the UK and Europe.

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Keith Jervis, Sr. Director of Operations, EU

Keith Jervis is the Operational Head for Europe.  He joined the business in August of 2013 working with the ownership and leadership of the organisation to plan the expansion of our operations in to the UK and Europe.  He has both a corporate background and indeed an entrepreneurial spirit covering disparate market sectors of IT and Property Development, as well as a sporting background.  Significant success and experience in building and leading teams, business development and customer satisfaction, with a focus on trust and long standing relationships.  Keith is responsible for overseeing all internal appointments, opening of required office locations, business vendor relationship management and development, legal oversight, day-to-day operational and back office oversight and communication to the business as to the ongoing progress and needs of the region.

Charles Blockley, Director, EU

Charles Blockley is the Director of Planet Forward EU and is currently responsible for the delivery of European Technology, Infrastructure and Energy staffing Solutions to Planet Forward’s clients.

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Charles Blockley, Director, EU

Charles Blockley is the Director of Planet Forward EU and is currently responsible for the delivery of European Technology, Infrastructure and Energy staffing Solutions to Planet Forward’s clients. Charles has more than 12 years of experience ranging in the Technology, Construction and Infrastructure sectors. Throughout his career, he has focused on building strong and lasting relationships with clients by developing a deep understanding of their business needs and culture to ensure effective delivery of their projects and services. Charles holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Information Systems.