Our leaders are the best in the industry

Founder, CEO

Felix Van de Maele

Felix has led Collibra for more than ten years of record growth and is responsible for global business strategy. Prior to cofounding Collibra, he 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 2019, Felix was named the EY Technology Entrepreneur of the Year in New York.Read more

Founder, Chief Data Citizen

Stijn “Stan” Christiaens

Stan leads Collibra’s Data Office and is responsible for overall data strategy, data infrastructure and translating internal learnings into value for our customers and partners. ...He is also Collibra’s product evangelist and drives future innovation. Previously, Stan launched various departments within Collibra including Product, Presales, Postsales, Partnerships, Marketplace, and Research and Education. Prior to cofounding Collibra, he was a senior researcher at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, where he focused on application-oriented research in semantics. Stan holds a Master of Science degree in Information Technology, a Master’s degree in Artificial Intelligence from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and a Postgraduate in Industrial Corporate Governance from Europese Hogeschool Brussel. He is a sought-after expert resource, industry speaker and author on the topic of Data Intelligence.Read more

Chief Financial Officer

Sebastien Giroux

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

Chief Marketing Officer

Tifenn Dano Kwan

Tifenn is an accomplished executive with more than 15 years of global experience leading and defining world-class marketing visions for SaaS businesses. She previously held numerous marketing leadership roles at SAP,... including as CMO of SAP Ariba, the world’s largest B2B network, and SAP Fieldglass. She is a data-driven and operational leader with a long track record of success in integrated, multi-route and omni-channel marketing.
Prior to joining Collibra, she served as CMO of Dropbox, where she transformed marketing into a sustainable and profitable engine of awareness and revenue growth by unifying the organization around a customer-centric approach powered by integrated digital experiences. Tifenn holds a Masters of Law from L’ICES, l’Institut Catholique de Vendée and a Masters of Management from Audencia Business School. She is also a graduate of the Kellogg Executive Education CMO Program.
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Chief Technology Officer

Madalina Tanasie

As Chief Technology Officer, Madalina leads Engineering, Architecture, Production Engineering, Security, Excellence Enablement and Quality Assurance for Collibra. She brings over 15 ...years of leadership expertise in software engineering, cloud-native distributed systems and process management to the company. Previously Madalina was the Vice President of Operations & Excellence at Collibra, where she led organizational transformation for Product Operations and Engineering, with a focus on engineering practices, scale and operational excellence. Prior to joining Collibra, she served as the Vice President of Engineering for Unified Platform at Medidata Solutions, a SaaS provider for clinical research in life sciences, where she held several prior engineering leadership positions. Before Medidata, she worked in software engineering roles at the NYC Department of Education and TotalSoft. Madalina has a Master’s and BS in Computer Science from University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest.Read more

Chief Revenue Officer

Stuart Wilson

Stuart is responsible for leading the global sales organization at Collibra. In his role, he is focused on scalability, operationalization, driving expansion methodologies, enabling sellers and sales ...leaders, and honing in on efficiency at scale. Prior to Collibra, he led Alteryx’s regional sales teams through six years of record revenue growth. A serial sales entrepreneur with over 20 years of global experience, Stuart previously built and led the first EMEA sales team at Proofpoint and led the UK enterprise business at Sophos. He holds an MBA from Ivey Business School at Western University and a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of British Columbia.Read more

Chief People Officer

Jarlath Doherty

Jarlath Doherty is responsible for overseeing the Global Human Resources and Workplace Facilities functions at Collibra. In this role, he is responsible for the company’s human capital strategy ... including talent brand, talent acquisition and development, compensation and benefits, facilities, operations and employee engagement programs to support the company’s continued global growth and scale. Prior to joining Collibra, Jarlath worked for LinkedIn leading their Global Talent Services organization, providing HR Services, technology and HR Consulting support to more than 10,000+ employees globally. Earlier in his career with Yahoo, he served in various roles including vice president of HR Operations and Technology, Head of People Analytics and EMEA HR Transformation lead based in Dublin, London, Switzerland and California. Jarlath also spent close to three years working in Deloitte’s Human Capital practice. Jarlath holds a Master of Science degree in Computing and Information Systems and an undergraduate degree in Management from the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland.Read more

Chief Information Security Officer

Myke Lyons

Myke is the chief information security officer at Collibra. He is responsible for owning and championing the company’s security governance and advocating for both customers and ...Collibra’s technology. Myke brings over 20 years of experience in information security, most recently as head of security strategy at ServiceNow, an enterprise IT cloud company. Previously, he served in various senior security analyst and security architecture roles at Grey Group and WPP Group. Myke maintains his CISSP and is passionate about democratizing data.Read more

Chief Customer Officer

Madan Gadde

As Chief Customer Officer, Madan Gadde leads Collibra’s efforts in supporting global customers across all industries, including financial services, technology, utilities, retail, healthcare and more. ...With more than 20 years of experience driving customer-centric technology solutions globally, Madan most recently served as Senior Vice President of Customer Success at DataStax, a leading provider of database software for hybrid and multi-cloud distributed applications. Prior to that, he led customer service offerings at FIS as SVP of worldwide professional services. Madan also held various leadership positions at HP, Genesys and Mercury Interactive. He holds an MBA in Finance from Andhra University and a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Loyola College. Read more

General Counsel

Michelle Rosen

Michelle oversees and manages all legal matters for the organization, while also acting as Secretary to the Board. Prior to Collibra, Michelle served as General Counsel to the US business of Delta... Galil Industries Ltd. (TLV: DELT), a global manufacturer and marketer of private label apparel with $1.3B in annual revenue. Michelle 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. Michelle holds a Bachelor of Arts from Dartmouth College and a Juris Doctor from Cornell Law School.Read more

Senior Vice President of Product

Laura Sellers

Laura brings more than 20 years of experience in the enterprise tech industry to Collibra, and has a strong understanding of how to align product teams with cross-functional organizations ...from go-to-market through engineering. As Senior Vice President of Product, she leads Collibra’s product organization. Prior to joining the Collibra team, Laura held product management leadership roles for over nine years at Alteryx, where she scaled the organization and served as VP of Product Management and Product Marketing through the company’s successful IPO. She most recently served as EVP of Product and Engineering at GoSpotCheck and Hat Labs, a spin out company of GoSpotCheck. Laura holds a BS from Iowa State University.
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Senior Vice President of Business Development

Steve Walden

Steve leads Collibra’s Business Development team, responsible for technology and cloud partnerships, alliance and channel partnerships, and the Collibra ...Marketplace. He brings nearly 30 years of experience running business development, product management, sales, and partner organizations for various software and technology companies. Prior to joining Collibra, Steve was the SVP of Business Development at Alteryx, a market-leading analytics & data science technology company, where he was the global leader for partnerships including ISV, Channel, SIs, OEMs. Steve also led the company’s international expansion into LATAM and APAC. Previously he held a variety of senior leadership positions at companies like RMS and Pitney Bowes. Steve holds a BS in Business Administration from Menlo College.Read more

Senior Vice President of Public Sector

Aileen Black

Aileen is a highly respected executive with a record of driving exponential growth in public sector organizations internationally and domestically. She has held executive positions ...during the startup days at Oracle, EMC, VMware and Google, and has more than 30 years of experience building, managing and motivating top-notch technology and professional services organizations. Prior to Collibra, she built Google’s public sector and led unprecedented growth – under her leadership, the public sector revenue became one of the fastest-growing regions worldwide. Aileen has engaged policy leaders in the U.S., Europe and NATO on cloud policy and data center consolidation initiatives, was recognized as a Federal 100 honoree, is a two-time winner of CRN’s Most Powerful Women of the Channel, and is currently co-host of “Leaders and Legends” on Federal News Radio. She holds an MBA from Marymount University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tampa.Read more

Board members

Tony (Antoon) F. Mary

Board Chairman


Jan Hammer

Index Ventures


Patrick Polak

Newion Investments


Felix Van de Maele



René Bonvanie

Palo Alto Networks


Philip Fernandez



Matthew Jacobson



Alison Davis

Fifth Era

Board observers

Dharmesh Thakker

Battery Ventures


Derek Zanutto



Norman Fiore

Dawn Capital