Joan Planes, founder and honorary president of Fluidra, has been appointed as the president of Fundació Fluidra:
“At Fluidra, we have always believed in the sustainable use and the democratization of access to water by all groups of society. We appreciate culture in general and music in particular as a way of making people feel dignified, and the mission of Fundació Fluidra will be to put these ideas across and make them a reality”.
Joan Planes Vila (Estamariu, 1941) is the founder and now the honorary president of the Fluidra group.
In 1969, Joan Planes set up the first company in the Fluidra group, Astral S.A. de Construcciones Metálicas, in Barcelona together with three partners (the Serra, Corbera and Garrigós families) and remained at the head of the group to spearhead its domestic and international growth and expansion until 2006, when he became president of the Board.
Currently, as Fluidra’s honorary president since 2016, Planes continues to have links with the company and provides his business experience to matters of corporate social responsibility, in addition to giving his support to other initiatives such as the Fluidra Accelera program for young entrepreneurs.
Committed to sustainability and promoting entrepreneurship and culture, Joan Planes has taken the helm of Fundació Fluidra in order to promote and support projects that defend these values.
Furthermore, as a result of his passion for music and his involvement on Catalonia’s cultural scene, Planes is the president of the symphony orchestra, Fundació Orquestra Simfònica del Vallès and the Fundació Òpera de Catalunya, and is a member of the Board of Directors and treasurer of the Associació Orfeó Català. He also works with other foundations involved in looking after the environment.
Among other distinctions, the Creu de Sant Jordi stands out, awarded by the Generalitat de Catalunya in 2013.