Global Leader IBM-Plant Location International
Roel Spee is global leader of Plant Location International (IBM-PLI) which is the global center of excellence in IBM Global Business Services for corporate location strategies and economic development services. Roel has over 25 years of experience as location strategy and economic development consultant.
Over the course of his career, Roel has built up strong expertise in advising international companies in location choices for a broad variety of industries and investment projects (manufacturing plants, distribution centers, headquarters, R&D operations, shared services centers, data centers, etc). Besides being a key advisor to IBM internally, external clients include many market leading Fortune 500 companies as well as fast growing companies in new emerging industries and markets. He assisted corporate executives from international companies around the world with their strategic location choices for over 300 projects.
Roel is one of the very few consultants globally that is able to leverage strong pragmatic experience working directly with international companies in their location selection projects for advising economic development organizations: developing and implementing both marketing strategies to attract new and retain present businesses, as well as economic development strategies for improving business conditions in their regions. Clients include over 100 economic development organizations worldwide, many of which have been assisted with multiple engagements.
As global leader of IBM’s center of excellence IBM-PLI, Roel coordinates IBM’s location strategy consulting work by a virtual team of 25 dedicated location experts in Europe, Asia-Pacific and the Americas.
Roel is frequently quoted as location strategy and foreign investment expert in international business media and is a regular speaker at events on corporate location decision-making and investment promotion strategies. He has spoken at hundreds of events in over 50 countries globally.
Roel is one of the founding members of the Site Selectors Guild, a professional association comprised of the world’s most respected site selection consultants. He is also a member of the International Advisory Committee of the International Asset Management Council (IAMC).
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