Published 06 May 2020

Planful Announces Speakers For Its Upcoming Virtual Tour

Keynote Speaker R “Ray” Wang of Constellation Research, Customer Sessions Featuring The Boston Red Sox, Bose, And More To Share Best Practices For Adopting Cloud-based Continuous Planning in a World of Constant and Extreme Change


Planful Inc. (formerly Host Analytics), a leading financial planning and analysis (FP&A) cloud platform provider, today announced the keynote and customer speakers for its upcoming Planful Virtual Tour, taking place Tuesday, May 19, to Thursday, May 21. Keynote sessions will feature R “Ray” Wang of Constellation Research; Tim Zue, CFO of The Boston Red Sox; Randy Brown, Director of FP&A at Nature’s Sunshine; and Shane Riddle, Director of Sales and Operations Controller at Planar Systems, along with presentations from Planful executives. 

Speakers at the Planful Virtual Tour will share knowledge on how to navigate the current global environment with the necessary tools to drive planning cycles with greater accuracy, speed, and confidence. Featured customer speaker Tim Zue, CFO of The Boston Red Sox, will discuss how the club has modernized the FP&A process and how his team is managing a curtailed baseball season. “Planful has been incredibly helpful to our finance team by enabling more robust reporting and simplifying the forecasting and close processes,” said Zue. “We’re able to provide profit and loss statements to the owners on a monthly basis now instead of quarterly. The platform has created greater transparency and better access to data across the organization. We’re currently using the platform to game out ‘what-if’ scenarios to manage the impact of COVID-19.”

During the keynote address on May 19, Principal and Founder of Constellation Research R “Ray” Wang will explore business continuity best practices and the importance of cloud and Continuous Planning, especially in an increasingly unpredictable world. CEO of Planful, Grant Halloran, will present the company’s Continuous Planning vision for how Planful can help attendees improve speed, collaboration, and decision-making capabilities in their role as finance professionals and across their organizations.

Planful will also be announcing new product updates and offerings that will expand its capabilities, bring rapid-time-to-value, and deliver exciting product innovation for better, faster financial collaboration and decision-making.

Attendees can join virtual sessions and panels featuring a variety of customers and Planful experts, such as: 

  • How the Boston Red Sox Hit a Home Run with Planful – Tim Zue, CFO, Boston Red Sox
  • How Bose Amplifies Workforce Planning Success with Planful – Luis Martinez Luna, Senior Analyst of Corporate FP&A, Bose
  • Business is Continuous. Why Isn’t Planning? – Randy Brown, Director of FP&A, Nature’s Sunshine and Shane Riddle, Director of Sales and Operations Controller, Planar Systems
  • How SmartyPants Got Planful Live in Just 20 Days – Cheryl Chow, Senior Finance Manager, SmartyPants and Naveed Salman, Managing Director, Cogenics

“We’re looking forward to engaging with the dedicated finance and planning professionals who play a pivotal role in steering their organizations through ever-changing business environments,” said Halloran. “Our focus is to provide these leaders with powerful, rapid, and innovative capabilities they need to elevate organizational financial IQ through collaborative, business-wide decision-making.”

FP&A professionals can now register for the Tour at no charge by visiting A full description of the sessions, speakers, and giveaways is also available on the site. In addition, the company established an FP&A community on Slack for Tour participants to network and share solutions.

About Planful

Planful is the pioneer of financial performance management cloud software. The Planful platform is used around the globe to streamline business-wide planning, budgeting, consolidations, reporting, and analytics. Planful empowers finance, accounting, and business users to plan confidently, close faster, and report accurately. More than 1,300 customers, including 23andMe, Bose, Boston Red Sox, Five Guys and Zappos, rely on Planful to accelerate cycle times, increase productivity, and improve accuracy. Planful is a private company backed by Vector Capital, a leading global private equity firm. Learn more at

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