Eloi Planes Corts was born in Barcelona in 1969. He earned a degree in Industrial Engineering at the Technical University of Catalonia and a Master’s degree in Business Management at EADA business school.
The second generation of one of the founding families, Eloi Planes joined Fluidra (then “Astral”) as Director of R&D in 1994 and, in 1998, was appointed the Director of Logistics and subsequently General Manager of AstralPool España. In this role, he was responsible for a number of mergers with Spanish sales companies and acquired in-depth knowledge of the business.
In 2000, Eloi became the Managing Director of AstralPool and continued his work to expand the business in international markets.
In 2002, the family group took a decisive step: under the leadership of Eloi Planes as Managing Director, the Fluidra group was created (under the name of Aquaria), which brought together the group's pool production and distribution companies. Banc Sabadell bought into the family business by acquiring 20% of its share capital. Eloi Planes lead the change of the logistics model.
In 2006, Fluidra grew into what it is today when it was joined by the holdings of the four previously independent partners. In the same year, Eloi Planes was appointed the CEO of the Fluidra group and oversaw some of the company's major milestones: its listing on the stock exchange in 2007, and its restructuring in 2008–09, all of which saw the rapid internationalization of the sales division and the implementation of lean management in the group's industrial division.
In 2016, Eloi Planes became Fluidra's Executive President. In the same year, he created a foundation, Fundació Fluidra. In 2017, an important corporate transformational operation lead by Eloi Planes was publicly announced: Fluidra’s merger with the US company Zodiac, which was successfully completed in July 2018, making the company a global leader in pool and wellness equipment. In March 2021, the company joined the Ibex 35 for the first time in its history after an excellent 2020.
Eloi Planes is the Executive Chairman of Fluidra, the global leader in the pool and wellness equipment business. He is also the President of the International Swimming Pool Exhibition of Barcelona and of the foundation Fundació Catalunya Cultura.