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The Planet Group Appoints Jonathan Whiley as Chief Technology Officer

Jon Whiley The Planet GroupCHICAGO, IL (November 29, 2021) — The Planet Group, a portfolio company of Odyssey Investment Partners and a leading provider of outsourced human capital, advisory, and consulting services for the Technology, Diversified Energy, Healthcare, and Professional Services sectors, announced today that Jonathan Whiley has joined the firm as Chief Technology Officer. Whiley joins the company with more than 20 years of progressive technology and operations experience.

Pete Byer, who previously held the role, will move into a similar position with ProPharma Group, the leading global provider of outsourced regulatory, clinical research, compliance, pharmacovigilance, and medical information services for the life sciences industry. The Planet Group and ProPharma Group announced their merger in May 2021.

Before joining The Planet Group, Whiley was Executive Vice President and CTO of Majestic Steel USA where he drove innovative thinking to grow revenue, reduce costs, and increase profitability by leading supply chain and operational technology solutions. Previously, he served in a variety of senior management roles at Network Services Company and Arkadin.

“We are excited to welcome Jon to the team,” said The Planet Group’s President Tim Simmerly. “His technical acumen, strategic thinking, and executive leadership will solidify our commitment to investing in cutting-edge technology, quality talent, and unmatched customer support that will allow us to continue to provide best-in-class services to our clients. With Jon’s background in system implementations and network infrastructure, he is the perfect person to step in and lead our innovative technology strategy.”

A veteran of the US Marine Corps and graduate of Ohio University, Whiley serves as a Governing Body Member of Evanta’s Midwest CIO group and is also involved with the Northeast Ohio chapter of SIM.


The Planet Group consists of a group of related global consulting organizations and renowned staffing brands and has been purposefully built to address the professional services needs of leading companies in the Technology, Diversified Energy & Engineering, Accounting & Finance, Human Resources, Healthcare, and Digital Marketing areas. The company was founded in 2009 and is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois with offices throughout the US and Europe.

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