Our leaders are the best in the industry

Cofounder, 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

Cofounder, CTO

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

Cofounder, Chief Science Officer

Pieter De Leenheer, Ph.D

Pieter leads Collibra Research. With 20 years experience translating science in product and business, he is responsible for envisioning and developing technological and scientific... research capabilities. Pieter writes, teaches and advises on computing and management aspects of data innovation, accountability and citizenship. He published five books and dozens of journal articles on these topics. Pieter has a B.S, M.S.and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Prior to cofounding the company, Pieter was a professor at VU University of Amsterdam. Today he is a visiting scientist at Harvard, Columbia University and the San Diego Supercomputer Center. He also serves as an expert to the European Commission and several governments. He lives in New York City with his family.Read more

Chief Revenue Officer

Philip Carty

Philip leads the worldwide field operations organization at Collibra. With more than 30 years of global 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 (True North) and taking market share in a highly professional manner. Read more

Chief People Officer

Jarlath Doherty

Jarlath 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 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

Fleur Sohtz

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

Chief Product Officer

Jim Cushman

Jim’s charge is to deliver world-class solutions that can empower customers to disrupt and lead their respective markets. He brings 20 years of enterprise product leadership and technical product ...expertise along with an aptitude for business strategy, design, development and delivery of data-intensive solutions. Previously, he was General Manager and Senior Vice President of Network and Open Data at Veeva Systems, a leader in cloud-based software for the global life sciences industry. Jim served as President of Commercial & Products at Novetta Solutions, an advanced analytics company. Prior to that, Jim was the General Manager and Senior Vice President of Products & Services for Initiate Systems, a best-of-breed MDM company that was acquired by IBM in 2010, where he was the Vice President of Engineering and the Director of Master Data Management. He holds a BS in Management and Finance from Purdue.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

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

Madan 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

Board members

Tony (Atoon) F. Mary

Board Chairman


Jan Hammer

Index Ventures


Patrick Polak

Newion Investments


Felix Van de Maele



René Bonvanie

Palo Alto Networks


Philip Fernandez

Shasta Ventures, Marketo


Matthew Jacobson



Alison Davis

Fifth Era

Board observers

Dharmesh Thakker

Battery Ventures


Derek Zanutto



Norman Fiore

Dawn Capital