Anaplan appoints Charles Gottdiener as its CEO, enhances executive team

Charles Gottdiener, Chief Executive Officer at Anaplan

Anaplan, the business planning and decision-making platform company, announced that Charles “Charlie” Gottdiener will join the company as Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board of Directors, effective December 1st. Mr Gottdiener joins Anaplan after four years at Neustar where he was President and CEO. He will lead the global team with a focus on driving profitable growth and delivering business value to the world’s largest enterprises.

What does Gottdiener bring to Anaplan?

As businesses navigate disruption, Mr. Gottdiener’s leadership will position Anaplan as the only viable choice for enterprises looking for the agility and insight to succeed today. 

Prior to Neustar, Mr Gottdiener held numerous senior leadership, interim Chief Executive Officer, and Board roles at Providence Equity Partners. He also held strategy and operating leadership roles at Dun & Bradstreet, and leadership positions in consulting with Boston Consulting Group, CSC Index, Ernst & Young Consulting, and Cap Gemini Ernst & Young.

He received an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. from Grinnell College, where he also served as a trustee of the College. Mr. Gottdiener sits on the Board of TransUnion in addition to several other private technology company boards.

“I am honoured to join Anaplan at this exciting time. Now, more than ever, companies need the ability to model and respond to macro changes in their business. Anaplan created the connected planning market 15 years ago. Today, it’s used by more than 2,000 enterprises, and there’s the potential to do so much more. I look forward to working alongside our talented employees and partners to create even greater value together,” said Mr Gottdiener.

Who were the other appointments at Anaplan?

In addition, the company announced the appointment of several new members to the company’s Executive Leadership Team (ELT). Joining existing ELT members Bill Schuh, Chief Revenue Officer; Fares Alraie, Chief Technology Officer; and Rohit Shrivastava, Chief Product Officer, Brian Kober, Chief Strategy Officer and Chief of Staff; Carey Pellock, Chief People Officer; Greg Giangiordano, General Counsel; and Hemant Kapadia, Chief Financial Officer.

All members of the ELT will report directly to CEO, Charlie Gottdiener. Carey Pellock started on November 14th, and Charlie, Brian, Greg, and Hemant started on December 1st.

Brian Kober

As Chief Strategy Officer at Neustar, Brian Kober led the development of corporate and business-unit strategy, drove key transformation initiatives, and partnered with the firm’s leaders to develop and implement strategic priorities that delivered long-term growth.

He has a track record of delivering profitable growth across global businesses like Komatsu and Motorola by delivering insights, optimising processes, enhancing operations, and orchestrating next-gen growth in sales and services. Kober is based in Bonita Springs, Florida.

Carey Pellock

Carey Pellock, Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at Anaplan

In addition, Carey Pellock also joins Anaplan from Neustar where, as Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, she was responsible for talent management, organisational effectiveness, compensation and benefits, and change management. In addition to her 10 years at Neustar, Carey Pellock spent over 13 years at Sallie Mae.

A passionate advocate of enhancing the employee experience and a champion of diversity, Pellock’s work at Neustar had impact on the firm’s culture. She is based in Sterling, Virginia.

Greg Giangiordano

Joining Anaplan as General Counsel, Greg Giangiordano spent nearly 20 years at Infor, a Koch Industries company and global leader in industry-specific business cloud software solutions.

At Infor, Giangiordano oversaw all legal affairs of the company, including advising senior management and the Board of Directors; managing compliance, data privacy functions, dispute resolutions, and litigation; protecting intellectual property, and overseeing multiple financings and acquisitions. Giangiordano is based in a suburb of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Hemant Kapadia

Hemant Kapadia joins from Sirius Computer Solutions where, as Chief Financial Officer, he helped drive the business to more than triple equity value in approximately two years, by driving revenue growth, M&A, margin expansion, and a relentless focus on cash flow.

Hemant Kapadia previously held CFO positions at Mark Andy Inc. and SunEdison Semiconductor. With over 30 years of experience, Hemant also held various senior finance roles at United Technologies and General Electric. Hemant is based in San Antonio, Texas.

What do the appointments mean for Anaplan?

Commenting on the additional appointments, Charlie Gottdiener, said, “It’s an honour to welcome these proven leaders to Anaplan. Together with the current leadership team, they will deliver an exceptional experience to our customers and partners, accelerate our strategy, and empower and support our employees as we work to achieve profitable growth.”

Charles Goodman, Chairman at Anaplan

“Anaplan is the category leader in connected planning, a market that’s growing rapidly due to the demand for real-time data and agility in business planning and execution. Charlie is a leader with the expertise and acumen to advance the company’s vision while undergoing an important transformation to profitable growth,” said Charles Goodman, Anaplan’s Chairman.

“He shares our commitment to serving customers, partners, and employees with a world-class experience, and I am delighted to welcome him to Anaplan,” said Charles Goodman.

“I’m excited to see Charlie make an immediate impact. These leaders will complement and amplify the existing Anaplan leadership team as they advance the company’s vision and transform to profitable growth,” Charles Goodman further commented.

“Charlie is a natural choice to shepherd Anaplan into its next phase of growth. He has a proven track record of building an innovative company culture during a large-scale, complex transformation,” said Tara Gadgil, Anaplan Board Member and Thoma Bravo Partner.

“Anaplan has a $20 billion+ market opportunity that is mostly untapped. We are committed to Anaplan’s long-term success and know that Charlie will maximise the firm’s full potential.”