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The Planet Group Appoints Sara Nichols as Chief Operating Officer

Sara Nichols The Planet GroupCHICAGO, IL (September 7, 2021) — The Planet Group (“Planet”), a leading provider of outsourced human capital and consulting solutions, announced today that Sara Nichols has joined the firm as Chief Operating Officer. Nichols joins the company with 20 years of experience in the staffing and consulting industries and will lead client services, business development, and corporate operations functions. Carolyn Durham, who previously held the role, will move into the COO position of ProPharma Group, the leading global provider of outsourced regulatory, clinical research, compliance, pharmacovigilance, and medical information services for pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device companies. The Planet Group and ProPharma Group announced their merger in May 2021.

Before joining The Planet Group, Nichols was Chief Financial Officer at Coastal Cloud, an award-winning Salesforce partner with expert consulting in all clouds. Prior, she was COO of Hays in support of their US core staffing business where she evolved the leadership, processes, organizational structure, and tools to position the public company for high growth. Previously, she served in a variety of senior executive roles at Kforce, helping to build the company into a global staffing leader.

“Sara has tremendous experience inside of staffing and consulting and brings a wealth of knowledge to her role,” said Planet’s CEO Michael Stomberg. “With her finance and operations background, she is the perfect person to step in and help lead The Planet Group to the next stage of growth.”


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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