Introducing the management team!
Our successful innovations and the high quality of our services would all be impossible without strong, clear and trusting leadership! This role is fulfilled to perfection by our management team, which comprises the Executive Board – Rolf-Jürgen Moll, Oliver Schmitz and Dominik Duchon – together with the managing directors at our international sites. They are all experts in their respective fields, and work passionately to continue LucaNet's global success story.
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Chief Sales Officer
Dominik Duchon studied Business Administration and focussed on Controlling, Capital Market Research and Financing at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich and the University of British Columbia, Canada. Following his university course he worked for a renowned management consulting company in the Financial Services segment and focussed on Risk Management, Basel II and Accounting until he moved to LucaNet AG in the capacity of consultant in 2005. Dominik Duchon has been responsible for marketing and distribution in the capacity of Director Sales from 2008.
Dominik Duchon has been a management board member since 2010 and is responsible for the Sales and Marketing & PR Divisions as well as International Operations.
I have a very clear vision of what is meant by customer satisfaction and consulting quality, as well as quick but sustainable implementation. With LucaNet software, it is possible to make this vision a reality and to successfully support our customers.
Chief Technology Officer
As a student granted a scholarship from the foundation Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes, Moll studied Business Administration and focussed on the subjects Controlling, Business Informatics and Statistics at the Free University of Berlin and the Ingolstadt-based Economics Faculty of Eichstätt Catholic University.
Directly after his university course, Rolf-Jürgen Moll became a self-employed management consultant and supported various Groups in their IPOs. The experience gained as a result, in particular the insight that the drawing up of Group financial statements and Group controlling should be carried out within a single and integrated data model, gave rise to the joint establishment of LucaNet AG with Oliver Schmitz in 1999.
Rolf-Jürgen Moll is responsible for the Product and IT Division.
Planning and consolidating in real time - that is the secret of our success. As specialists in business intelligence for accounting, we will in future continue to work at making our products even faster, simpler and more efficicent.
Chief Consulting Officer
After training as a bank clerk at a private bank in Düsseldorf, Oliver Schmitz studied Business Administration at the Ingolstadt-based Economics Faculty of Eichstätt Catholic University and University College Dublin, Ireland.
Following his university course he took up a position as audit manager of an international tax consultancy and auditing company. The practical experience gained during that time in respect of Group accounting gave rise to the joint establishment of LucaNet AG with Rolf-Jürgen Moll in 1999.
Oliver Schmitz is responsible for the Consulting, Finance, Human Resources and Organization Divisions.
LucaNet stands for expertise in accounting, and offers a unique, complete solution, consisting of ready-to-use standard software for planning and consolidation in real time, as well as training and consulting for accounting professionals. Our approach is highly regarded by our customers.
What makes LucaNet so special?
Every success story begins somewhere. Ours started in 1999 with a vision: an intelligent piece of software for legal consolidation and financial planning with a data model and a user interface – easy to operate and quick to install. The following interview introduces the LucaNet AG Executive Board: Rolf-Jürgen Moll, Oliver Schmitz and Dominik Duchon. They offer interesting insights into how our software company began and grew into what it is today. And last but not least, they also answer the crucial question: "What makes LucaNet so special?"
Shiran Wang studied at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum, where he graduated with a diploma in Economics in 2007. Since then, Mr Wang has worked as a consultant and project manager at LucaNet AG’s Mönchengladbach subsidiary. In 2010, he founded LucaNet Finance Consulting (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. in China, together with Chi Zhang. LucaNet’s Shanghai subsidiary supplies and supports a number of national and international group customers in China.
Financial management is one of the key aspects of corporate management. In order to face the future challenges in modern financial management, companies must rely on software solutions which allow them to analyse data in multiple dimensions and report transparently. With its functions, LucaNet is committed to modernising accounting in corporate environments. Simple interface connections and intuitive operation characterise the software. The many functions for planning, consolidation, reporting and analysis are based on sophisticated business logic.
Chi Zhang studied at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum, where he graduated with a diploma in Economics. In 2007, Mr Zhang founded a business consulting firm for Chinese enterprises in Germany. Since 2010, he has been responsible for LucaNet Finance Consulting (Shanghai) Co., Ltd., a LucaNet subsidiary in China, together with Shiran Wang. The Shanghai subsidiary supplies and supports a number of national and international group customers in China.
Over the years, we have gathered comprehensive experience in accounting for Chinese companies. There, LucaNet software is primarily used to modernise financial management sustainably. Many companies from the financial consulting sector also use it as a software tool to develop suitable financial management solutions.
Stéphane Pimienta studied at the renowned ISC Paris, before subsequently obtaining a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from the Graduate School of Business at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. After completing his studies, Mr Pimienta worked as a controller, consultant and project manager for a number of large international companies, including the Sema Group, Schlumberger and Atos. In 2004, he founded Methys, a consultancy firm for business intelligence solutions and successful business performance management for enterprises in various sectors, such as finance, energy, telecommunications, industry, sales and service. For ten years, he was responsible for the development and administration of the enterprise’s European activities. Since January 2015, Stéphane Pimienta has been Managing Director of LucaNet (France) S.A.S., where he is responsible for the successful development of LucaNet AG’s French subsidiary.
I decided to join LucaNet because its unique approach resonates with me: bring powerful yet affordable financial technology to its customers while minimizing the risks related to IT integration projects. The high degree of satisfaction of its customers is the best proof of quality of the product and its services.
Gavin Allen worked successfully in the field of accounting for around ten years, gathering a wealth of valuable professional experience. Following his role in finance, where he was responsible for the implementation of an enterprise-wide ERP system, he began to focus increasingly on the technological side of software applications in the finance sector. Driven by a keen interest in technology, he decided to combine his extensive know-how in accounting with his technological expertise – a decision that launched his career in the world of business intelligence and performance management applications. Mr Allen can now look back on around 20 years of experience in this field, during which time he has worked successfully with a variety of both partners and suppliers (including IBM Cognos, Tagetik, Board and Adaptive Insights). In 2015, he became Managing Director of the newly founded LucaNet subsidiary in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
Modern businesses today, irrespective of their business sector, are all about more agile, accurate, faster and accountable information. Delivering those outputs in traditional statement style reports, as well more dynamic analytical and visual information, and in addition supporting both internal and external governance and controls, are key themes being witnessed in today’s highly competitive business place. Addressing the above, businesses nearly always turn to the “office of finance” to provide not only the core and essential financial consolidation (beyond mere aggregation), but also the forward looking budgets, plans and forecasts, that are completely integrated with the consolidated actuals, and the outputs from all these areas being delivered in modern reporting and business outputs. I am proud to be leading the LucaNet UK business division, with a revolutionary offering that brings together in a single application, all of these core themes, with built in financial intelligence at it’s core. Providing a trusted version of all business information, leveraging the very latest “in memory” computing techniques, with a robust, modern and dynamic interface, that is also friendly to IT, again simply set LucaNet apart from the rest. Finally being able to bring this revolutionary approach and capability to our potential clients in an affordable and cost effective manner with efficient and swift implementations that are then totally business owned, LucaNet really is a winner, and having spent over 25 years working in both finance and IT, am delighted to be working with LucaNet.
Remco van Keken
After completing his studies in Engineering and Business Administration, Remco van Keken worked in various roles in the fields of consulting and project management. Since 1996, he has occupied management positions at a number of enterprises in various fields, including heavy metals, ICT and software development. For many years, MS Excel was his main tool for planning and managing business activities. In 2005, he was introduced to LucaNet software. Impressed by the huge added value offered by LucaNet’s software solutions for consolidation, planning, reporting and analysis, Mr van Keken became Managing Director of LucaNet Benelux B.V. in Amsterdam, LucaNet AG’s first international subsidiary. Today, the enterprise successfully supplies and supports more than 200 customers in the Benelux region.
LucaNet is a highly functional software solution that can be configured and managed by users without the need for extensive IT skills or outside help. We supply our customers with a full range of services, from planning and programming to implementation and support. More and more customers are using our software, which is intuitive to use. It requires little dependence on in-house IT departments or external consultants. This saves not only time and money, it also gives customers the security of being able to fully rely on the software.
Fatmir Taganovic studied Economics at the University of Ulm and the Universita degli Studi in Florence, focusing on international economics and accounting. He has many years of experience in the implementation of software solutions for international companies in the finance sector. Mr Taganovic has been at LucaNet since 2008. He began at our Munich site, where he was responsible for project management and support for both new and existing clients. He has been our Lead International Business Manager since 2015, focusing primarily on tapping into international markets. In September 2016, he became joint Managing Director of LucaNet’s Austrian company, together with Dominik Duchon.
A flexible, user-friendly financial management tool is a must-have for every enterprise. LucaNet allows users to focus completely on interpreting the figures rather than entering them manually. This makes LucaNet an essential partner in the field of accounting – from consolidation with simplified reconciliation between multiple group companies to integrated financial and liquidity planning, and even reporting and analysis. Its ease of implementation and maintenance – coupled with its intuitive operation – make LucaNet unique on the CPM solutions market.
Christoph Burkhardt studied at the University of Karlsruhe (KIT), graduating with a diploma in Information Technology. He then joined ERP provider Sage, where he occupied a variety of management positions, gaining extensive experience in ERP and BI solutions and their implementation. After completing an advanced studies diploma at the Henri B. Meier Business School at the University of St. Gallen (HSG), Mr Burkhardt took the plunge and went freelance. As a partner for SAP and LucaNet in Switzerland, he gained sales experience with cloud-based ERP solutions and the implementation of corporate performance management solutions based on LucaNet technology. Since July 2014, Christoph Burkhardt has been Managing Director of LucaNet (Schweiz) AG, LucaNet’s Swiss subsidiary.
The LucaNet software solution combines professional functionality, outstanding usability, flexibility and rapid implementation. At presentations, audiences are often amazed and even awestruck by its capabilities. These attributes are what make LucaNet so successful in the areas of consolidation, planning and reporting – not just for customers in Germany, but also for companies all around the world. Our customers in Switzerland are always mentioning how happy they are with LucaNet's excellent services.
LucaNet is a real software technology innovator and European leader in the field of Financial Corporate Performance Management (FCPM) solutions. Its core strength lies in its capability to consolidate and integrate financial information, P&L and cash flow in a real-time and transparent manner for all types and sizes of client business. We are able to implement our intelligent, yet simple ‘out-of-the-box’ solution that augments and enhances existing systems and processes already in place at our clients operations without disruption. A typical implementation takes only two weeks, and our clients are up and running with our easy-to-use, yet powerful and fast ‘in-memory’ technology. This is exactly what clients want and need to run their businesses in the dynamically growing marketplace of Asia, and what makes the LucaNet technology truly unique, differentiated and ‘Simply Intelligent’.
Simon van Koppen
As the Managing Director in charge of LucaNet North America, Simon van Koppen is focusing on expanding the LucaNet brand in the USA. Mr van Koppen began working at LucaNet's Dutch branch in 2010, where he was responsible for introducing the software at large and medium-sized companies in the Netherlands, Italy, the UK, France and Spain. He has extensive experience in software implementation and customer consultation as well as in sales and pre-sales. Mr van Koppen has been Managing Director of LucaNet (North America) LLC since 2017. Together with Robert Lawson, he is jointly responsible for the successful growth of LucaNet AG's US subsidiary.
LucaNet offers robust financial intelligent software that integrates with any ERP on a unparalleled way. Moreover, users can configure and manage without being dependent on external consultants or IT. Combined with a rapid implementation methodology, we offer our solutions against a very low Total Cost of Ownership.
Robert Lawson studied Business Administration with a major in Finance at Drexel University in Philadelphia, USA. He gained practical experience as an engagement manager at a major US bank and as a financial analyst and a credit risk analyst at a prestigious American energy company. Mr Lawson joined LucaNet AG as International Business Manager in 2015. In this role he primarily helped tap into and develop new markets and successfully implemented international customer projects. In January 2016, he transferred his expertise to the Consulting department, where his main duties involved introducing the LucaNet software to a base of predominantly international customers, training users and offering advice on specialist topics relating to accounting, controlling and reporting. He has been Managing Director of LucaNet's new branch in the USA since 2017.
The business environment of today is defined through change and innovation. In order for a business to remain competitive they must remain agile and efficient. In hopes to stay ahead of the competition and see the value their competitors may have missed, CFO’s are demanding more information, faster. With LucaNet‘s ability to aggregate real time data across multiple platforms, provide one source of truth for financial and statistical data, and seamlessly merge actual and forecast data into one system, CFO’s expectations are not only met, they are exceeded.