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Leadership
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.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

Benny Verhaeghe

Benny Verhaeghe

Co-Founder, SVP, Global Sales

Benny leads the Collibra global sales team, including developing strategies focused on expansion and market leadership in key geographies. Benny is a deeply experienced enterprise software sales and marketing professional, with a background in ...helping start-up, mid-sized, and large software companies define and exceed sales objectives. Prior to co-founding Collibra, Benny served in a senior management role with Microsoft’s Global Account team, where he helped the team significantly surpass annual sales targets. He has also served in key sales roles with Mercury Interactive (later acquired by HP), Globres & Hotelguide.com, and Big Media Group. Benny holds a Masters in Business Administration from Vlerick Management School in Belgium and a Masters in Political Sciences and Public Management from the University of Ghent.Read More

Pieter De Leenheer

Pieter De Leenheer

Co-founder, VP, Research & Education

Pieter leads the company’s Research & Education initiative, including the Collibra University, which offers a range of self-paced learning and certification courses to help data governance professionals and data citizens gain new skills and expertise.... Prior to co-founding the company, Pieter was a professor at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and a visiting scientist at several leading universities across the globe, including Stanford. Pieter was a key inventor of the principles and methods underpinning the visionary data governance technology of Collibra. He has authored more than 60 scientific publications, including five books on the topic of data governance and semantics, as well as several technology patents. He holds a Master of Science degree in Artificial Intelligence and a Ph.D. in Computer Science, both from Vrije Universiteit Brussels.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

Mary Tetlow

Mary Tetlow

Vice President, Marketing

Mary leads the Collibra marketing team driving all brand and demand initiatives globally. She brings specific enterprise software experience in business intelligence, analytics, mobile apps, and ERP to her role. She has significant ...expertise in both consumer and business-to-business marketing and branding, has three Effie awards for marketing effectiveness and a Cannes Gold Lion for creativity. In addition to her tenure in marketing and strategy roles at enterprise software vendor SAP, she spent several years as the Vice President, Marketing for the business intelligence company, Qlik. Mary holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and is a graduate of Yale University.Read More

Dieter Wachters

Dieter Wachters

Vice President, Development

Dieter leads the Collibra software engineering team. One of the company’s earliest employees, Dieter played a pivotal role in designing the Collibra Data Governance platform from the ground up to meet the specific data governance needs of global enterprises. He also led the ...recruitment and expansion of the Collibra team of top engineering talent, and established scalable product engineering processes to help ensure ongoing product excellence. Dieter brings more than 12 years of experience in Java application development, project management, architecture and team leadership to Collibra. He holds a Master degree in Computer Science from the University of Antwerp.Read More

John Wills

John Wills

Vice President, Customer Success

John is responsible for a number of functional areas within Collibra, including Professional Services, Support, Training, and Customer Success. He works with Collibra customers including NetApp, EMC, and George Washington University... across key vertical markets such as financial services and healthcare. Prior to joining Collibra, John spent several years in a variety of management positions at the global technology consulting firm, HCL AXON. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), Management Information Systems from Kent State University.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

JACKY BOONEN

Business Development at Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Jacky is a business unit leader, operations manager, and international strategic consultant with expertise in the pharmaceutical industry. As a consultant at Oracle, Camgemini, and PricewaterhouseCoopers, he led ...strategic projects that identified and optimized key processes and growth drivers, as well as created synergies around common business goals. Jacky also spent over seven years as a healthcare and life sciences executive at IBM. Jacky currently serves as a non-executive board member for Collibra and Elsyca, and serves as Chairman of the Board for Camel-IDS. He holds degrees in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Universite libre de Bruxelles, as well as a degree in Marketing and Advertising, Executive Education for SME Directors, and an Executive Master in Management (CEPAC) from Solvay Brussels School.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.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