Following his appointment as Fluidra’s Honorary President in 2015, Joan Planes has led projects in entrepreneurship at Fluidra Accelera and is the chair of Fundació Fluidra.
Joan Planes is a founding partner of Fluidra who started out by setting up Astral Construcciones Metálicas, S.A. together with three other partners in 1969. He ended up by becoming its first executive director. Until the turn of the century, Planes spearheaded Fluidra’s expansion and internationalization process. In 2006, his son Eloi Planes, current Executive President, took over the lead to handle the company’s listing.
Besides the awards given to him over his career, his work on Fluidra's process of internationalization has been widely recognized. It is particularly worth highlighting the special prize given by the Government of Catalonia for the Internationalization of Catalonia's Economy awarded in 1995 to Astral Grup, S.A. and to him personally in 2006. Also worthy of mention is the prize awarded to him by the newspaper El Periódico in 2003 to the Best Business Initiative and the Creu de Sant Jordi (Catalan Government Award), which was awarded to him in 2013.
In addition to his profile as an entrepreneur, Joan Planes has an acute awareness and interest in promoting the sustainable use of water, helping young people, and benefiting through contributions to culture and music.
Other posts held by Joan Planes are: President of the Trustees of Fundació Privada Orquestra Simfònica del Vallès, Full Member of the Chamber of Commerce of Barcelona, and Member of the Board of Directors and Treasurer of Associació Orfeó Català, Creu de Sant Jordi.