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Leadership Team
Felix Van de Maele

Felix Van de Maele

Co-founder, CEO

Felix has led Collibra from idea to founding to more than eight years of record growth and industry leadership. He’s responsible for the company’s global business strategy. ...Prior to co-founding Collibra, Felix served as a researcher at the Semantics Technology and Applications Research Laboratory (STARLab) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussels, where he focused on ontology-focused crawlers for the semantic web and semantic data integration. He holds a Master’s in Computer Science and Software Engineering from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and a master in General Management from the Vlerick Business School. In 2017, Felix was named by DataNews as the ICT personality of the year. Read More

Stan Christiaens

Stan Christiaens

Co-founder, CTO

Stan leads the company’s global product organization with a focus on driving data governance technology innovation. Prior to co-founding Collibra, Stan was a senior researcher at the Vrije Universiteit of Brussels, a leading semantic research center in Europe, ...where he focused on application-oriented research in semantics. Stan is a sought-after expert resource, industry speaker, and author on the topic of data governance and semantics. He has participated actively in several international research projects (such as ITEA, FP6 and FP7) and conferences (including OTM, FIS and ESTC). He has also published various articles and patents in the field of ontology engineering. Stan holds a Master of Science degree in Information Technology and a Master’s degree in Artificial Intelligence from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and a Postgraduate in Industrial Corporate Governance from Europese Hogeschool Brussel.Read More

Pieter De Leenheer, Ph.D

Pieter De Leenheer, Ph.D

Co-founder, Chief Science Officer

Pieter De Leenheer is cofounder and Chief Science Officer of Collibra. He leads the company’s Research & Education group, including Collibra University, an online learning platform for data governance and data science education. ... Prior to cofounding the company, De Leenheer was a professor at VU University of Amsterdam. Today he serves as adjunct professor at Columbia University and as visiting scholar at several universities across the globe, including UC San Diego and Stanford.Read More

Philip Carty

Philip Carty

Senior Vice President, Worldwide Field Operations

Philip leads the worldwide field operations organization at Collibra. With more than 30 years of global sales leadership experience, he is responsible for identifying long-term global growth opportunities penetrating new market segments, and enhancing enterprise customer engagements. ... Prior to Collibra, Philip was chief revenue officer at GoodData, a provider of cloud-based business intelligence and big data analytics software. Earlier, he served as vice president of worldwide sales at MongoDB, where he built the global field team and expanded the company’s international footprint in EMEA and APAC. Philip also played a significant role as global vice president of sales at SuccessFactors, which achieved IPO and ultimately was acquired by SAP. Philip’s organizations are exemplified by high energy, passion for customer success, and taking market share in a highly professional manner. Read More

Jarlath Doherty

Jarlath Doherty

Vice President, People

Jarlath leads the human resources team at Collibra. His responsibilities include systems, processes, training, onboarding, learning, and development. A native of Ireland, he joined LinkedIn in Global Talent Operations,... when the company was 800 employees, helping it grow in two years to 10,000. Prior to LinkedIn, Jarlath was at Yahoo! during its growth frenzy, opening new offices and making new hires. He then worked through the following years of downsizing and reduction of force. He opened Yahoo’s European Headquarters before moving to California in 2010. His first job was as a software engineer in a 30-person company that grew to 150.Read More

Sebastien Giroux

Sebastien Giroux

Chief Financial Officer

As Chief Financial Officer at Collibra, Sebastien is responsible for leading the company’s global finance, accounting and information technology organizations. He brings a strong background in building financial foundations, teams,... and processes for high-growth companies in the technology industry and has a proven track record of creating and executing a strategic vision that unifies finance efforts with go-to-market, operations, product, and other areas to drive business success. Prior to Collibra, Sebastien was Chief Accounting Officer at Atlassian and played an instrumental role in guiding the company through a period of rapid growth, its successful IPO, and its operations as a publicly-traded, global company. He has also held strategic financial management positions with RingCentral, IBM, BigFix, and Taleo Corporation. He holds a BS in Business Administration from Laval University in Quebec and is a Chartered Professional Accountant. Read More

Fleur Sohtz

Fleur Sohtz

Chief Marketing Officer

Fleur’s ability to connect the dots between technical innovation and what resonates with customers helps Collibra create and execute data-driven marketing strategies. Fleur brings deep international marketing experience to the... Collibra team. Previously, she was Chief Marketing Officer at Cordium, a leading provider of GRC consulting and technology, where she played a key role in the sale of the company by redefining and delivering their marketing strategy. Fleur also held senior marketing roles at Chain, Markit, Thomson Reuters, and BT Radianz, helping to guide these companies through milestones including IPO, double-digit revenue growth, and brand leadership. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Read More

Jeffrey Burk

Jeffrey Burk

Senior Vice President, Engineering

Jeff leads the global engineering group at Collibra with a talent for building agile and hyper-productive teams that deliver products customers love. Prior to Collibra, Jeff was VP, Engineering & Operations for Dell Boomi,... an independent business unit of Dell. At Boomi, Jeff oversaw all product development including design, development, and site operations for Boomi’s cloud-native integration platform as a service (iPaaS), consistently recognized as a leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant. Jeff has also held senior technology roles at EMS, NextDocs, and The Neat Company. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell.  Read More

Michelle Rosen

Michelle Rosen

General Counsel

Michelle oversees and manages all legal matters for the organization, while also acting as Secretary to the Board. Prior to Collibra, Rosen served as General Counsel to the U.S. business of Delta Galil Industries Ltd. (TLV: DELT), a global manufacturer ... and marketer of private label apparel with $1.3B in annual revenue. Rosen had a long tenure at IMAX Corporation, serving most recently as General Counsel and Secretary of IMAX China Holding Inc., where she co-led the successful $400M initial public offering of IMAX China (market cap: $1B+) on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong (SEHK). Before that she was an associate in the Capital Markets and M&A Groups at Shearman & Sterling LLP. Rosen holds a Bachelor of Arts from Dartmouth College and a Juris Doctor from Cornell Law School. Read More

Board of Directors

TONY (ANTOON) F. MARY

Board Chairman

Tony serves as the Chairman of the Board for Collibra. He has held executive leadership positions at many global companies, including VRT, KPMG Consultants, Groupe Bull S.A, Sitel Corporation, Belgacom, and IBM Belgium,... where he led organizations through restructuring and business transformation initiatives that drove increased profitability. He was the founder-shareholder and CEO of Synergia Holdings where he successfully acquired and restructured companies towards profitable operation. He is known as a team builder and a team player, focused on creating the strongest executive team possible as the key ingredient for success. Tony holds a Master in Economics from the Free University of Brussels. He’s also served as the IBM Senior Executive, Education Curriculum and participated in Corporate Governance at the Institute of Directors at the Vlerick School of Management.Read More

JAN HAMMER

Index Ventures

Jan joined Index in 2010 and focuses on financial and information/data services across all stages. His investments include Adyen, Collibra, Credit Benchmark, Robinhood, Socialbakers, and TransferWise. Jan also ...works with The Prince’s Trust as a business mentor to young startup entrepreneurs. Prior to joining Index, Jan worked at General Atlantic in London, where he was involved with investments in Kaspersky Lab, Northgate Information Solutions and Torex Retail. Jan also worked at Morgan Stanley in its M&A, TMT and Capital Markets divisions. Jan holds an MBA with Distinction from INSEAD, and is a graduate of Oxford University.Read More

PATRICK POLAK

Newion Investments

Patrick is the joint founder of Newion, which was established in December 2000. He has been active as a venture capitalist since 1997 upon selling an IT company he had co-funded. Prior to Newion, he worked ...as a venture capitalist at N.V. NOM in Groningen where he was mainly responsible for investments in IT-related businesses. Patrick has and had positions on numerous non-executive boards. In addition to Collibra, he serves on the Boards of Customer Gauge, iWelcome, Mall-Connect, and Servoy. He is also actively involved with Tech Tour and Venture Café Rotterdam.Read More

FELIX VAN DE MAELE

Co-Founder and CEO

Felix has led Collibra from idea to founding to more than eight years of record growth and industry leadership. He’s responsible for the company’s global business strategy. Prior to co-founding Collibra, Felix ...served as a researcher at the Semantics Technology and Applications Research Laboratory (STARLab) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussels, where he focused on ontology-focused crawlers for the semantic web and semantic data integration. He holds a Master’s in Computer Science and Software Engineering from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and a master in General Management from the Vlerick Business School. In 2017, Felix was named by DataNews as the ICT personality of the year. Read More

RENÉ BONVANIE

CMO, Palo Alto Networks

René is the CMO of Palo Alto Networks. He has more than 25 years of executive management and marketing experience in enterprise technology. Before joining Palo Alto Networks in 2009, he served as Senior Vice President of Marketing, SaaS, and IT at Serena Software, and was Senior Vice President of Global Marketing at SAP. ...Earlier, as CMO at Business Objects, René was responsible for all marketing activity, including corporate communications, field marketing, and product marketing. Prior to that, he served as Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing at VERITAS Software Corporation. In his more than 10 years as Vice President of Product Marketing at Oracle Corporation, he managed the Oracle database product line, had editorial responsibility for Oracle Magazine and Profit Magazine, and co-founded Oracle’s developer program, Oracle Technology Network.Read More

PHIL FERNANDEZ

Co-founder and Former Chief Executive of Marketo

Phil is a veteran Silicon Valley entrepreneur, with more than 35 years of experience building and leading breakout technology companies. He recently retired from Marketo, where he served as Chairman and CEO since co-founding the company in 2006. Phil built Marketo to be a visionary leader in digital marketing software, led the company to a successful IPO (Nasdaq: MKTO), and in 2016 completed a take-private transaction with Vista Equity Partners valued at $1.8 billion. Prior to founding Marketo, Phil served as president and COO of Epiphany, and earlier, as COO of Red Brick Systems. ...Phil is an active writer and speaker on topics related to digital marketing, big data and analytics, subscription business models, and entrepreneurial innovation, and is the author of Revenue Disruption (Wiley). Phil is currently sits on the boards of PTC (Nasdaq: PTC; Audit Committee member), Yext (NYSE: YEXT; Comp Committee Chair; Audit Committee member) and several growth stage private companies. Phil holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Stanford University.Read More

MATTHEW JACOBSON

General Partner at ICONIQ

Matt is a General Partner at ICONIQ Capital investing in enterprise software, SaaS, ecommerce and mobile companies. Prior to ICONIQ, Matt has held operating roles at Groupon and investing roles at Battery Ventures and Technology Crossover Ventures. ...In addition to Collibra, Matt’s investments include Datadog, Adyen, Coupa, Snowflake, InVision, Intercom, Alteryx , Sprinklr, Alibaba Group, Uber, Braze, Relativity, Procore, Age of Learning, Pluralsight, Fastly, GoFundMe, Skuid, Greensky Financial, DocuSign, Flipkart, Honest Company, Red Ventures, Groupon, HomeAway, Warby Parker, Automattic, Campaign Monitor, Turbonomic, , Apttus, Blackline, Wayfair, Spothero, Yesware and Smartling.Read More