Robert Koolen, President and CEO of arcplan, Inc., joined the company approximately three years ago as vice president of marketing. "When our founder and former CEO returned to Germany to take up the executive management role there, I became CEO because - as the Philadelphia Business Journal reported at the time - I had the most gray hair," jokes Koolen. The reality is that Koolen's enthusiasm for the company's unique approach to analytic applications made him the perfect choice. Under his leadership, the company experienced 40 percent growth in the U.S. during the past year, lending to the overall health of arcplan worldwide which is an extremely healthy organization financially, boasting a rapidly expanding customer base.
"I'm originally Dutch," says Koolen, "and I lived in South Africa for about seven years. For the last 12 years, I have been in the United States. I've somehow gravitated toward European technology companies, and I've worked for about 20 years on three continents. What I think I've learned in the process is to never be pre-set on what a solution should be and to always have a willingness and flexibility to consider people's input."
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