Future Planet Expands Strategic Sustainability Leadership with Four Key Employees – News

Company responds to increased market demand for regulatory compliance


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 & Compliance; Column Kenny as Sales Director; Maria White as Operations manager And Simple Sharma as Leader of sustainability solutions.


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


With almost twenty years of experience, Orla Carolan brings a wealth of knowledge from senior positions at Grant Thornton and JPMorgan Bank (Ireland). She recently worked on secondment at the secretariat of EFRAG (European Financial Reporting Advisory Group) on the development of the sector-specific European Sustainability Reporting Standards (ESRS). Orla is one of Ireland’s leading authorities on CSRD and her leadership will be instrumental in helping Future Planet’s clients with ESG strategies and compliance.


Speaking about her new appointment, Orla said: “As a Future Planet customer in my last role, I saw first-hand the benefits companies can gain from a combination of sustainability expertise and smart software. I had to join the company. I am excited to work with the great team at Future Planet 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 on more than 12 years of diverse experience in research, engineering and management consulting, Colum Kenny joins Future Planet as Director of Sales to drive the company’s growth trajectory and strengthen its position within the market.


Mary White also joins Future Planet 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 critical as she oversees day-to-day operations and leads strategic initiatives to drive Future Planet’s continued success.


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

Commenting 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 also as a core component of their business operations. While there has never been more awareness, there are very few sustainability solutions that can ease the burden. At Future Planet we are here to help you. Each of our new team members will play a key role in enabling our clients to transform, as we help them shape their sustainability strategies, support their compliance requirements and simplify their ESG data management, to drive real and tangible change achieve.”

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