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Planera Welcomes Industry Veterans Bruce Chizen, Sameer Merchant & Waheed Qureshi to Advisory Board

It is a pleasure to announce that Planera has added three accomplished industry veterans to its advisory board. Bruce Chizen, Sameer Merchant, and Waheed Qureshi bring decades of combined experience in executive positions at companies including Oracle, Adobe, Microsoft, Autodesk, Plangrid, and Zenprise, where they have helped guide and scale companies to success on a global scale. Their combined industry expertise and knowledge of the tech space will be an asset to Planera as we continue to grow and change the way construction planning and scheduling is approached throughout the industry.

Bruce Chizen joins Planera Advisory Baord
Bruce Chizen

Bruce Chizen is a widely recognized technology executive who has held roles with coveted companies including Mattel, Microsoft, and Adobe throughout his career. He served as CEO of Adobe Systems from 2000 to 2007, where he facilitated the critical transformation from a graphics and publishing software developer to a leading provider of media, design, and business tools. In addition to his advisory role with Planera, he is currently a board member of Oracle Corporation, ChargePoint, Informatica, McAfee, Synopsys, Nexthink, Mirakl, and FullStory, as well as an advisor for nonprofit organizations like the Silicon Valley Education Foundation. Bruce has a strong understanding of the importance of driving alignment among stakeholders and will draw from his robust experience to help Planera increase its market presence within the construction industry.

Sameer Merchant joins Planera Advisory Board
Sameer Merchant

Sameer Merchant has spent the last 20+ years developing tech platforms and leading high-growth from early-stage startups to public companies in several industries. He is currently the Chief Technology Officer of Wheel, a health tech company powering the next generation of healthcare. Before joining Wheel, he was CTO of Plangrid, a construction productivity software designed for onsite construction workers, which he helped to scale to an $850M exit. After Plangrid was acquired by Autodesk, Sameer served as VP and Global Head of Product Development, helping to lead a team of 900+ product and engineering experts to drive platform growth and product integration strategy. Previously, he also co-founded, launched, and scaled AdMarvel, a premiere mobile advertising platform that was later acquired by Opera Software.

Waheed Qureshi joins Planera Advisory Board
Waheed Qureshi

Waheed Qureshi is an entrepreneur, investor, mentor and executive. He founded and served as CTO of Zenprise, a leader in the mobile device management and security space that was acquired by Citrix in 2012. Currently, he is the founder and CEO of WMQ Investments, where he advises and invests in startups utilizing multi-cloud security and AI-driven superclouds. Waheed was also the founder and CEO of Mesmer as well as a member of Hathway’s board of advisors. He is also a professor at the University of Southern California.

We are excited to welcome Bruce, Sameer, and Waheed to our advisory team as we prepare for upcoming partnerships, funding rounds, and product enhancements that will continue to drive company growth. With their help, the Planera team will continue to work toward our mission to revolutionize construction scheduling.

Read the press release here.


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