November 16, 2023

Anaplan welcomes new product leader to drive application strategy for the office of the CFO

Anaplan, provider of a market-leading platform for business planning and decision-making, today announced the appointment of Yuri Polyakov to the position of senior vice president, of Applications for Finance and Workforce Planning.

A veteran of the corporate finance world, Polyakov joins Anaplan from McKinsey & Company where he was one of the leaders for the firm’s CFO service line, helping CFOs and Treasurers of major international companies utilize technology and advanced analytics to solve complex problems. In his new role, Polyakov will leverage his vast expertise to help Anaplan design, build, and market best-in-class planning applications for the office of the CFO.

Polyakov’s appointment marks another significant step forward in the company’s application journey under the leadership of Chief Product and Technology Officer, Adam Thier. After acquiring Vuealta’s application division in December of 2022, Anaplan introduced a suite of applications for Supply Chain Planning earlier this year, garnering immediate interest from customers like Arab Business Machine, which will use Anaplan’s preconfigured Demand Planning application to optimize its inventory levels and reduce stock overages. In September, Anaplan also launched a new Territory & Quota Planning application – the first offering available in a suite of Sales Applications that will be unveiled over the course of the next year.

“The realities of the past few years have exposed deep cracks in traditional planning practices, and CFOs have been tested by their ability to execute in the face of a fast-moving market,” said Polyakov. “With pre-configured out-of-the-box finance and workforce planning applications, CFOs will not only be able to address complexity quickly but with the degree of precision required to succeed in this environment. It's an exciting and important time to join Anaplan, and I am thrilled at the opportunity to work with the team to deliver an app strategy that will unlock unparalleled value for today’s CFOs.”

“Yuri has spent more than 20 years at the intersection of finance and analytics, so he’s uniquely positioned to help CFOs leverage data and technology to solve their most complicated planning challenges – from forecasting cash flow to making critical resourcing decisions,” said Thier. “With his financial acumen, deep planning expertise, and knowledge of the Anaplan platform, I’m confident Yuri will help us create a suite of applications for critical finance and workforce processes that will transform planning into a competitive edge for the office of the CFO.”

Polyakov holds a BA in Computer and Information Science with Honors from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York and an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business.