LAS VEGAS, March 13, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Column5 Consulting today announced Ian Thurbon as the company’s new CEO. Former CEO, David Den Boer, will remain Column5’s Founder and Executive Chairman while continuing to drive thought leadership for the company. The announcement took place at the company’s 2018 EPM Leadership Summit, the world’s largest annual gathering of SAP Business Planning and Consolidations (SAP BPC) users. Thurbon officially assumed the role of CEO on February 1, 2018.

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At Column5, Thurbon will focus on driving the company’s growth in an evolving market. With SAP EPM users’ growing sophistication and the emergence of software like Darwin EPM, the company is strategically positioned to succeed. By building on Column5’s unparalleled experience and history, Thurbon will lead the team in bringing new and improved solutions to clients, significantly shifting the value dynamic.  

Thurbon is a highly experienced executive with an extensive leadership track record in both established and start-up companies across systems integrators, software companies, and managed services firms. He has nearly 30 years of experience in the software and IT industries. His professional history includes a wide variety of roles, ranging from VP Services, SVP Operations, EVP Corporate Strategy, through to President and CEO. He specializes in helping companies break through growth inflection points and taking them to the next level of success.

“I am incredibly grateful to David Den Boer and everyone at Column5 for giving me the opportunity to lead the business at such a pivotal time,” Thurbon said. “There is significant growth and evolution happening in the EPM industry. I fully expect Column5 to lead the way with market-transforming offerings and solutions that embody our mission of empowering strategy through Enterprise Performance Management.”

Den Boer founded Column5 in 2005 to deliver high-value SAP BPC and Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) solutions. Column5 was built on Den Boer’s extensive experience in providing solutions and technical delivery across a wide variety of industries, raising the standards of EPM success. Under Den Boer’s leadership, Column5 has grown into a leading global consultancy, with operations across North America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa.  

“Through global expansion and customer-focused events like the EPM Leadership Summit series, Column5 is an established and innovative SAP EPM thought leader. Adding Ian Thurbon’s leadership capabilities to our talented team paves the way for continued realization of my vision as founder,” Den Boer said. “Thurbon’s operational expertise will help Column5 scale to better serve our global clientele as trusted advisors, accelerating the redefinition of the business value presented through the combination of the SAP EPM platform, Darwin EPM solutions and Column5 services. I look forward to our mutual success in growing this business.”

About Column5

Column5 is the world’s premier consulting firm dedicated to providing high-value services that help customers leverage the power of SAP’s Enterprise Performance Management product suite. Column5 was founded in 2005 by key players from OutlookSoft, and quickly evolved into a global team of experts who are uniquely qualified to properly design and deliver comprehensive systems, addressing a wide range of industry and process-specific requirements. Column5’s elite clientele can choose from best in class prepackaged or custom-tailored solutions that combine proven technology solutions with unparalleled technical skills and visionary enterprise performance management process expertise to deliver prompt return on investment, and long-term independence. Additional information is available at

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