Roel Spee
Global Leader of Plant Location International (IBM-PLI)



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 close to 30 years of experience as location strategy and economic development consultant.

During 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 also leverages his 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.

Roel is one of the founding members of the Site Selectors Guild, and serves as advisor to the Board on ‘International Affairs’. He is also a member of the International Advisory Committee of the International Asset Management Council (IAMC).