Michael Laurim Strengthens Actano's Management Board

With immediate effect, Michael Laurim is appointed as Managing Director to strengthen corporate management at Actano, Germany's largest vendor of project management software. In this position, he will assume responsibility for Product and Professional Services.

Detroit, MI, July 16, 2010 --(PR.com)-- Michael Laurim can look back on a long career in sales and management at high-profile companies such as Hewlett-Packard, Bentley Systems, CoCreate, Silicon Graphics Inc., and SuSE Linux. In his very successful career as a consultant, he has also been able to extend his comprehensive know-how of business process optimization well beyond the CAD/CAM and PDM/PLM sector.

Michael Laurim's response to the question as to what attracted him to his new role: "The RPlan project management system is an extremely powerful product that has established itself as a de facto standard in the German automotive industry. Actano has now set itself the task of serving further sectors on the basis of the experience it has gathered in the automobile industry. This requires an expansion-oriented strategy that I would like to implement on the operational level. The combination of the RPlan software suite, planned product enhancements and skilled employees in the Professional Services organization will guarantee that Actano's success story is continued in new markets. I am thrilled by the challenge of aligning the company to achieve this goal and look forward to this task."

"In Michael Laurim, Actano has gained a committed and highly skilled managing director, an extremely valuable asset for an expanding company like ours", says Dr. Rupert Stuffer, one of the Actano founders. "His extensive knowledge and experience will be of great assistance in the effective and successful development of our markets. Together we will consolidate and expand Actano's position as a strong and reliable partner for our customers."

Laurim's start in his new role coincides with a further new development at Actano: At the beginning of 2010 the company added to its product portfolio by acquiring the IQweb document management system. Together with the RPlan project management software that builds on the collaborative project management methodology developed in-house, Actano is now able to offer its customers perfect support to enhance the efficiency of their product development processes.

ACTANO is the leading specialist in the management of product development. At the center of the solution portfolio are the RPlan Collaborative Project Management software suite and the RPlan Collaborative Workspace communication platform.

RPlan Collaborative Project Management, with more than 100,000 users worldwide, is synonymous with best-in-class planning quality and optimized processes in product and IT development. Its methodology of networked, transparent, and end-to-end project control helps master complexity and shorten development times.

ACTANO's RPlan Collaborative Workspace makes a project room available that can be accessed from anywhere but is, at the same time, secure. It enables teams working at sites throughout the world to distribute, edit, annotate and store documents – without the need to install additional software or set up a specific IT infrastructure.

ACTANO currently has a workforce of 160 employees at its head office in Munich and at its subsidiaries in Stuttgart, Wolfsburg, Hanover, Magdeburg, and Detroit/USA. In order to develop and deliver its high-quality, future-oriented portfolio, the company has entered into partnerships with leading solution providers and consulting houses (including SAP, Siemens PLM, PTC, and Accenture).

ACTANO's customers include Airbus, BMW, Bosch, Daimler, Europrop International, IAV, GETRAG FORD Transmissions, General Motors, Hatz Motorenfabrik, Hella, Huf, Kinshofer, Komax, Kostal, KUKA, Leobersdorfer Maschinenfabrik LMF, Manz, Marquardt, Mitsubishi, MTU Aero Engines, Osram, Rolls-Royce Deutschland, Sitech, ThyssenKrupp Presta, Voith Turbo, Volkswagen, Vredestein, ZF Getriebe, and ZF Lenksysteme.

Ute Brodowsky
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