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Team of Experts

At Planit, our people are at the forefront of the industry-leading services we deliver to our global client-base. Here are the top subject matter experts that we have hand-picked to successfully deliver IT projects with confidence.

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Team of Experts

At Planit, our people are at the forefront of the industry-leading services we deliver to our global client-base. Here are the top subject matter experts that we have hand-picked to successfully deliver IT projects with confidence.

Meet the team Contact US

Team of Experts

At Planit, our people are at the forefront of the industry-leading services we deliver to our global client-base. Here are the top subject matter experts that we have hand-picked to successfully deliver IT projects with confidence.

Meet the team

    Cuong Pham<br>Practice Director, Automation

    Cuong Pham
    Practice Director, Automation

    With more than two decades of test automation and quality engineering experience, Cuong is responsible for driving our automation practices to enable our customers to successfully adopt and scale their implementation of automation. Prior to rejoining Planit in 2019, he held senior IT roles at Serraview, Thomsons Online Benefits, and ANZ. He has built and managed quality and engineering teams in different parts of the world, including Australia, India, Singapore, UK, Romania, Croatia, and USA.

    Juan Florez<br>Director, Software Engineeing

    Juan Florez
    Director, Software Engineeing

    Juan is a highly experienced developer and test engineer that is responsible for driving technical innovation and thought leadership around quality engineering at Planit. He has strong engineering professional skilled in DevOps, performance tuning, load testing, test automation, mobile apps, and system integration testing. Prior to joining Planit in 2010, he was an Applications Analyst at Superpartners, and Performance Analyst at AXA. He has also held senior developer roles in Colombia at JP Morgan and Heinsohn Software House.

    Phil Johnson<br>Practice Director, Performance Engineering

    Phil Johnson
    Practice Director, Performance Engineering

    An expert in application performance and continuous testing, Phil leads the performance engineering practice at Planit to help our clients engineer speed with quality into their systems. With over 20 years experience in scaling applications, Phil has worked in both Planit UK and ANZ since 2015, and is now based in Perth. Prior to joining Planit, he headed up performance engineering/testing at the Royal Mail Group and the NHS at CSC (DXC) UK.

    Dr. Tafline Ramos<br>Practice Director, Quality Engineering and Assurance

    Dr. Tafline Ramos
    Practice Director, Quality Engineering and Assurance

    Tafline is responsible for driving best quality practices across Planit, including its thousands of consultants and hundreds of clients worldwide. Tafline holds a PhD in software testing and is a regular feature in software engineering, technology, and quality engineering conferences. She has over 20 years of experience in the ICT industry and is an international standards leader, developing software engineering standards with ISO and IEEE.

    Ferdinand Hagethorn<br>Director, Security Services

    Ferdinand Hagethorn
    Director, Security Services

    Ferdinand is responsible for establishing and leading our cybersecurity practice, which has rapidly grown to provide security testing, penetration testing, and DevSecOps services for our global client-base. He is a seasoned cybersecurity and information security expert with over 25 years of experience in engineering, architecture, and security that has provided business-driven design and implementation, migration planning, testing and execution at the highest levels to over 800 projects in seven countries throughout Europe, North America, and Australasia. Prior to moving to Wellington and joining Planit in 2015, he held senior security roles in consulting, IT, and energy sectors.

    Jim O'Brien<br>Principal Consultant

    Jim O'Brien
    Principal Consultant

    Jim brings over 20 years technical, leadership, and management experience across financial, educational and technology sectors to building high performing testing teams at Planit. He has a proven record in the management of large, diverse and distributed teams of quality engineers to achieve substantial cost reduction and delivering better product outcomes. Prior to joining Planit in 2022, he held senior quality roles at Commonwealth Bank, University of Sydney, and Hewlett-Packard.

    Ai Wei Chan<br>Practice Director - Transformation

    Ai Wei Chan
    Practice Director - Transformation

    Ai Wei is responsible for helping our clients successfully deliver large and complex testing transformation programs. Throughout her career, she successfully managed hundreds of testing projects to completion, two of which were the largest in Australia. She brings to Planit almost 20 years of financial institution experience from National Australia Bank, where she specialised in digital banking.

    Susanne Matson<br>Practice Director, Customer Insight & Advisory

    Susanne Matson
    Practice Director, Customer Insight & Advisory

    As a Gartner analyst, Susanne owned the testing services Magic Quadrant for over 6 years, advising hundreds of CIOs, Application Leaders and Digital Transformation executives on software quality engineering related topics. At Planit, Susanne ensures our offering roadmap addresses current and future customer requirements, whilst incorporating emerging technologies and approaches.

    Phil Tomblin<br>Head of Technology

    Phil Tomblin
    Head of Technology

    Phil is an experienced delivery director, manager, and consultant with a background in software development and testing. He is responsible for driving technical innovation throughout Planit to ensure successful project outcomes, optimise speed and efficiency, and demonstrate clear alignment between technology and strategic business outcomes. Prior to joining Planit in 2022, Phil was Head Of Quality Assurance at Fuse Universal. He has also held senior IT leadership roles at MegaNexus and SQS.

    Cuong Pham<br>Practice Director, Automation

    Cuong Pham
    Practice Director, Automation

    With more than two decades of test automation and quality engineering experience, Cuong is responsible for driving our automation practices to enable our customers to successfully adopt and scale their implementation of automation. Prior to rejoining Planit in 2019, he held senior IT roles at Serraview, Thomsons Online Benefits, and ANZ. He has built and managed quality and engineering teams in different parts of the world, including Australia, India, Singapore, UK, Romania, Croatia, and USA.

    Juan Florez<br>Director, Software Engineeing

    Juan Florez
    Director, Software Engineeing

    Juan is a highly experienced developer and test engineer that is responsible for driving technical innovation and thought leadership around quality engineering at Planit. He has strong engineering professional skilled in DevOps, performance tuning, load testing, test automation, mobile apps, and system integration testing. Prior to joining Planit in 2010, he was an Applications Analyst at Superpartners, and Performance Analyst at AXA. He has also held senior developer roles in Colombia at JP Morgan and Heinsohn Software House.

    Phil Johnson<br>Practice Director, Performance Engineering

    Phil Johnson
    Practice Director, Performance Engineering

    An expert in application performance and continuous testing, Phil leads the performance engineering practice at Planit to help our clients engineer speed with quality into their systems. With over 20 years experience in scaling applications, Phil has worked in both Planit UK and ANZ since 2015, and is now based in Perth. Prior to joining Planit, he headed up performance engineering/testing at the Royal Mail Group and the NHS at CSC (DXC) UK.

    Dr. Tafline Ramos<br>Practice Director, Quality Engineering and Assurance

    Dr. Tafline Ramos
    Practice Director, Quality Engineering and Assurance

    Tafline is responsible for driving best quality practices across Planit, including its thousands of consultants and hundreds of clients worldwide. Tafline holds a PhD in software testing and is a regular feature in software engineering, technology, and quality engineering conferences. She has over 20 years of experience in the ICT industry and is an international standards leader, developing software engineering standards with ISO and IEEE.

    Ferdinand Hagethorn<br>Director, Security Services

    Ferdinand Hagethorn
    Director, Security Services

    Ferdinand is responsible for establishing and leading our cybersecurity practice, which has rapidly grown to provide security testing, penetration testing, and DevSecOps services for our global client-base. He is a seasoned cybersecurity and information security expert with over 25 years of experience in engineering, architecture, and security that has provided business-driven design and implementation, migration planning, testing and execution at the highest levels to over 800 projects in seven countries throughout Europe, North America, and Australasia. Prior to moving to Wellington and joining Planit in 2015, he held senior security roles in consulting, IT, and energy sectors.

    Jim O'Brien<br>Principal Consultant

    Jim O'Brien
    Principal Consultant

    Jim brings over 20 years technical, leadership, and management experience across financial, educational and technology sectors to building high performing testing teams at Planit. He has a proven record in the management of large, diverse and distributed teams of quality engineers to achieve substantial cost reduction and delivering better product outcomes. Prior to joining Planit in 2022, he held senior quality roles at Commonwealth Bank, University of Sydney, and Hewlett-Packard.

    Ai Wei Chan<br>Practice Director - Transformation

    Ai Wei Chan
    Practice Director - Transformation

    Ai Wei is responsible for helping our clients successfully deliver large and complex testing transformation programs. Throughout her career, she successfully managed hundreds of testing projects to completion, two of which were the largest in Australia. She brings to Planit almost 20 years of financial institution experience from National Australia Bank, where she specialised in digital banking.

    Susanne Matson<br>Practice Director, Customer Insight & Advisory

    Susanne Matson
    Practice Director, Customer Insight & Advisory

    As a Gartner analyst, Susanne owned the testing services Magic Quadrant for over 6 years, advising hundreds of CIOs, Application Leaders and Digital Transformation executives on software quality engineering related topics. At Planit, Susanne ensures our offering roadmap addresses current and future customer requirements, whilst incorporating emerging technologies and approaches.

    Phil Tomblin<br>Head of Technology

    Phil Tomblin
    Head of Technology

    Phil is an experienced delivery director, manager, and consultant with a background in software development and testing. He is responsible for driving technical innovation throughout Planit to ensure successful project outcomes, optimise speed and efficiency, and demonstrate clear alignment between technology and strategic business outcomes. Prior to joining Planit in 2022, Phil was Head Of Quality Assurance at Fuse Universal. He has also held senior IT leadership roles at MegaNexus and SQS.