About Plandek

Our vision is to apply data science to the software delivery process, to empower engineering teams through intelligent insights to deliver software better

Company background

Plandek was co-founded in the UK in 2018 by two successful entrepreneurs, Dan Lee (founder of Globrix) and Charlie Ponsonby (founder of Simplifydigital).

Plandek started with a simple idea: why don’t engineering teams extract the rich data out of their DevOps tools so they can better understand and improve the end-to-end delivery process? From this idea, Plandek was developed as an intelligent analytics platform to enable technology teams to improve efficiency and accelerate their delivery of value. 

Plandek is headquartered in London, with a rapidly growing team of data scientists, engineers and Agile delivery experts. It is recognised as a global leader in the DevOps Value Stream Management Platforms space by Gartner and Forrester. Plandek is used by enterprise clients globally and in the public sector in the UK.

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Leadership team

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Martin Blackburn

Chairman

Charlie Ponsonby

Charlie Ponsonby

Co-founder & CEO

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Will Lytle

COO

Jef Vratny

Jef Vratny

CTO

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Luke Thomas

Head of Product

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Martin Blackburn

Chairman

Charlie Ponsonby, CEO and Co-founder of Plandek

Charlie Ponsonby

Co-founder & CEO

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Will Lytle

COO

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Jef Vratny

CTO

Luke Thomas

Luke Thomas

Head of Product

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“Plandek is recognised as a top Global Vendor by Gartner in their Value Stream Management Platforms Market Guides, 2020-21, 23.”

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​”Plandek is recognised as a top Global Vendor by Forrester in The Value Stream Management Landscape, Q3 2022.”

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​”Plandek is included in The 2023 SD Times 100 as ‘Best in Show’ in Software Development – Value Stream Management.”

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Office locations

UK office

Address: 521 Metal Box Factory, 30 Great Guildford St, London, SE1 0HS, UK

Telephone: +44 20 3176 9835

US office

Address: One World Trade Center, 85th Floor, New York, NY 10007, USA

Telephone: +1 212 220 8500

Singapore office

Address: Level 42, Suntec Tower 3, 8 Temasek Boulevard, Singapore, 038988

Telephone: +65 6866 3803

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Martin Blackburn

Chairman

Martin is an accomplished technology leader with more than 35 years’ experience having held positions at Rackspace, Marconi, Logica, HP, EDS and IBM. Throughout his career, he has led organisations to achieve significant performance focusing on customer success, execution and innovation. Most recently, he was Managing Director EMEA at Rackspace. Previously he was Executive Chair for a number of companies within Marlin Equity Partners. Before Marlin, he held positions at the global technology business for IBM in Europe as General Manager, Chief Operating Officer for Europe, General Manager for Benelux and UK & Ireland where he was responsible for outsourcing, consulting, cloud and security services.

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Charlie Ponsonby, CEO and Co-founder of Plandek

Charlie Ponsonby

Co-founder & CEO

Charlie started his career as an economist working on trade policy in the developing world, before moving to Accenture in London.

He joined the Operating Board of Selfridges, before moving to Open Interactive TV and then Sky where he was Marketing Director until leaving to found Simplifydigital in 2007.

Simplifydigital was three times in the Sunday Times Tech Track 100 and grew to become the UK’s largest TV, broadband and home phone comparison service, powering clients including Dixons-Carphone, uSwitch and Comparethemarket. It was acquired by Dixons Carphone plc in April 2016.

He co-founded Plandek with Dan Lee in 2018. Charlie was educated at Cambridge University. He lives in London and is married with three children.

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Will Lytle, COO, Plandek

Will Lytle

COO

Will is a senior technology leader, specialising in digital transformation and leading cross-functional delivery teams. He has over 15 years of global experience built on digital delivery expertise, operating models, developing talent, and helping businesses shape and deliver technology-enabled business transformations.

Will joined the Plandek leadership team from Deloitte in March 2019. He is passionate about helping our clients build high-performing, motivated delivery teams, and works closely with them to identify their biggest delivery challenges, form meaningful objectives, and find the right metrics to drive success.

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Jef Vratny

CTO

Jef has been building, leading and mentoring engineering teams around the world for over 20 years. His experience has spanned industries, technologies and cultures. Through the adoption of Agile methodologies, DevOps practices and Cloud technologies he’s enabled numerous companies to deliver successful outcomes.

Jef’s passion for the continuous improvement of people, processes, organisations and technologies led him to embrace a data-driven approach. Like most engineering leaders, he struggled to find an efficient and objective means to collect the data he was after. His initial efforts led to a web of Jira exports, spreadsheets, graphs and manual intervention. He joined Plandek in August of 2021 to help deliver the tools that he wanted for his own teams.

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Luke Thomas

Luke Thomas

Head of Product

Luke has over 10 years of experience delivering software products in a host of industries. He’s worked in every aspect of software development from product inception all the way through to delivery and support.

Luke started out as the Head of Customer Support at Globrix before moving quickly into Project management as the business expanded. He then became Head of Product at Artirix where he was responsible for the development of the platform alongside the delivery of key client projects.

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