Meet the management team
Successful innovation and high-quality services would never be possible without strong, open, and trust-based leadership. This is achieved by our exceptional management team, comprising the Executive Board – Rolf-Jürgen Moll, Oliver Schmitz and Dominik Duchon – and the various managing directors of our international subsidiaries. They are all experts in their respective fields, working passionately to advance LucaNet’s global success.
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Chief Technology Officer
After being awarded a scholarship as a student, Moll went on to study business administration with a focus on financial controlling, business information systems, and statistics at the Free University of Berlin and the Ingolstadt School of Management.
Moll became a self-employed management consultant immediately upon graduation, supporting multiple companies through their IPOs. This experience, combined with the realisation that group financial statements and controlling should be performed using a single, integrated data model, are what led to him ultimately joining forces with Oliver Schmitz to found LucaNet AG in 1999.
Moll is responsible for product and IT on the LucaNet AG Executive Board.
Planning and consolidation in real time – that is the secret to our success. As specialists in corporate performance management, we continue to work hard on improving our products, making them faster, simpler, and more efficient.
Chief Consulting Officer
After completing training as a banker at a private bank in Dusseldorf, Oliver Schmitz studied business administration at the Ingolstadt School of Management and University College Dublin, Ireland.
After his studies, he took up a position as an audit manager at an international tax consulting and auditing company. The practical group accounting experience gained during this time put him in the perfect position to team up with Rolf-Jürgen Moll to found LucaNet AG in 1999.
As one of LucaNet’s three Executive Board members, Schmitz is responsible for consulting, finance, human resources and organisation.
LucaNet is known for its expertise in accounting; we have an absolutely unique, all-round solution, consisting of ready-to-use standardised software for real-time planning and consolidation, as well as training and consulting for accounting professionals. We know our customers value this approach.
Chief Sales Officer
Dominik Duchon studied business administration with a focus on controlling, capital market research, and financing at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich and the University of British Columbia in Canada. After graduation, he worked for a renowned management consultancy in the financial services sector, where he focused on risk management, Basel II, and accounting, before moving to LucaNet AG to work as a consultant in 2005. Duchon became sales director in 2008, before becoming a member of the Executive Board in 2010, where he is now responsible for sales, marketing, PR, and international operations.
I have very clear ideas about customer satisfaction, high-quality consulting, and quick but effective implementation. LucaNet software allows us to make these ideas a reality and support our customers in their success.
What is it that makes LucaNet special?
Every success story has a beginning. Ours starts back in 1999, with a solid vision: intelligent software for financial consolidation and financial planning, with a data model and user interface, easy to use and speedy to integrate into existing systems. This interview introduces the members of the LucaNet AG Executive Board: Dominik Duchon, Rolf-Jürgen Moll, and Oliver Schmitz. They offer interesting insights into how our company began and became what it is today. They also answer the crucial question: “What is it that makes LucaNet special?”
Shiran Wang studied economics at the Ruhr-University Bochum, graduating in 2007. He then worked as a consultant and project manager at LucaNet AG’s Mönchengladbach subsidiary for three years, before founding LucaNet Finance Consulting (Shanghai) Co. Ltd. in China together with Chi Zhang in 2010. LucaNet’s Shanghai subsidiary supports a number of national and international 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 economics at the Ruhr-University Bochum, graduating in 2007. Soon after, Zhang founded a business consulting firm for Chinese businesses in Germany. Since 2010, he has been a managing director of LucaNet Finance Consulting (Shanghai) Co., Ltd., a Chinese LucaNet subsidiary, together with Shiran Wang. The Shanghai-based subsidiary supports a number of national and international 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.
Simon van Koppen
Simon van Koppen previously worked as a consultant for the Dutch subsidiary of LucaNet, where he was responsible for the implementation of software at medium- and large-sized enterprises in the Netherlands, Italy, the United Kingdom, France, and Spain. He has gathered extensive experience in software implementation and customer consulting, as well as in sales and pre-sales. In cooperation with Robert Lawson, Simon van Koppen was also responsible as managing director of LucaNet (North America) LLC for the successful development of LucaNet AG’s American subsidiary until 2018. Together with Remco van Keken, he now concentrates his efforts as managing director of LucaNet Benelux B.V. toward the enhancement of the LucaNet brand in the Netherlands.
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.
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’.
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.