Future Planet Grows

4th June 2024

Posted In: Be In The Frame

Future Planet, the leading AI sustainability software company, has announced the addition of four key strategic appointments in response to significant market demand for sustainability software solutions.

The new roles and appointments are Orla Carolan as Executive Director of ESG Strategy & ComplianceColum Kenny as Director of SalesMary White as Operations Manager and Simpal Sharma as Sustainability Solutions Lead.

Companies are under increasing pressure to implement robust sustainability strategies and comply with regulatory pressure like the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD). These four appointments will accelerate Future Planet’s vision to help companies achieve sustainable performance and compliance.

With nearly two decades of experience, Orla Carolan brings a wealth of knowledge from senior roles at Grant Thornton and JPMorgan Bank (Ireland). She recently worked on secondment with the EFRAG (European Financial Reporting Advisory Group) secretariat on the development of the sector-specific European Sustainability Reporting Standards (ESRS).

Orla is one of Ireland’s leading authorities on the CSRD and her leadership will be instrumental in helping Future Planet’s customers with ESG strategies and compliance.

Speaking on her new appointment, Orla said: “As a customer of Future Planet in my last role, I saw first-hand the benefits companies can get from a combination of sustainability expertise and smart software. I had to join the company. I’m delighted to work with Future Planet’s amazing team and their state-of-the-art technology to ease the compliance and reporting burden for more clients, and help these clients develop and achieve their ESG strategies.”

Drawing from over 12 years of multifaceted experience across research, engineering, and management consultancy, Colum Kenny joins Future Planet as Director of Sales to drive the company’s growth trajectory and solidify its position within the market.

Also joining Future Planet are Mary White as Operations Manager and Simpal Sharma as Sustainability Solutions Lead. With a career spanning more than two decades in people, communications, DEI and culture management, Mary’s expertise will be pivotal in overseeing day-to-day operations and spearheading strategic initiatives to propel Future Planet’s continued success.

Leveraging extensive experience in the manufacturing industry and a deep understanding of ESRS and CSRD regulations, Simpal’s proficiency in conducting research and benchmarking across multiple sectors will be invaluable in driving sustainable solutions forward.

On the new appointments, Debbie Power, Chief Commercial Office of Future Planet said: “The time is now.

Companies are under pressure to embrace ESG strategies, not only as a compliance measure but as a core component of their business.

However, while there has never been so much awareness, there are very few sustainability solutions to ease the burden. At Future Planet, we are here to help. Each of our new team members will be instrumental in empowering our customers to transform, as we help them shape their sustainability strategies, support their compliance requirements and simplify their ESG data management, to deliver real and tangible change.”

Future Planet was co-founded by software entrepreneur Donal Daly and sustainable supply chain expert Ingrid De Doncker in 2021. Learn more at futureplanet.com.

Pictured from Future Planet (centre) are Ingrid De Doncker, co-founder and Head of Research and Innovation; Donal Daly, co-founder and CEO; and Debbie Power, Chief Commercial Officer with the new hires Colum Kenny, Director of Sales; Simpal Sharma, Sustainability Solutions Lead; Mary White, Operations Manager; and Orla Carolan, Executive Director of ESG Strategy & Compliance.  (Picture: Michael O’Sullivan /OSM PHOTO)