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New York
June 21, 2016

Collibra Expands its Global Sales and Vertical Market Teams

New York, June 21, 2016 – Collibra, a leader in data governance software solutions for business users, today announced the company has added four senior leaders to continue to grow and enhance its global sales effort and vertical market teams in financial services and healthcare. Joining Collibra is:

Michael Pezza, Vice President, Sales, North America

Steve Neat, Vice President, Sales, EMEA

Chris Cooper, Healthcare Sales and Strategy Leader; and

Simon Hankinson, Market Manager, Financial Services

“Data governance is quickly becoming an essential enterprise function for organizations that want to leverage the power of their data to drive competitive advantage,” said Benny Verhaeghe, Collibra co-founder and SVP, Global Sales. “We’re delighted to welcome Mike, Steve, Chris and Simon to the Collibra team. Each of them brings deep and relevant experience in working with both the large global enterprise as well as the mid-market, and helping companies like these integrate new technologies and processes including data governance to drive growth, comply with increasing regulatory demands, and operate more effectively.”


About Collibra Sales Leaders:


Mike Pezza, a veteran sales leader with a proven record of success, will lead strategic, regional, vertical and inside sales organizations for Collibra in the U.S. and Canadian markets. Before joining Collibra, Mike served as Vice President, North American Sales, Vertical Markets for Informatica. He also spent many years in senior sales roles at SAP and Oracle, including serving as Oracle’s Vice President, North American Sales, Customer Experience Cloud Applications. Mike is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business and Professional Communications.


Steve Neat brings over 30 years’ of international software sales and leadership experience to Collibra, having previously worked for leading enterprise software companies including Oracle, Siebel, SAP, and SAS Institute. He will lead the Collibra EMEA sales teams. During his seven-year tenure at Siebel Systems, Steve helped the organization grow from 200 employees to over 5,000, with annual revenues rising from $39 million to over $1 billion. Steve has also played a key role with several software start-ups including the mobile business intelligence leader Roambi (later acquired by SAP) to establish and develop their international presence. Steve holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Southampton University.


Chris Cooper is a healthcare technology executive with more than 20 years of experience in consulting, sales and information technology. He specializes in designing enterprise solutions for healthcare data management and clinical research, and will focus on establishing Collibra as the preeminent data governance solution for healthcare. Before joining Collibra, Chris served in senior healthcare sales and technology roles with enterprise organizations including Informatica, Oracle and IBM, where he partnered with leading hospital systems and health plans to bring new data-driven solutions to market. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Networking from Regis University.


Simon Hankinson joins the Collibra San Francisco office, where he will be responsible for the design and implementation of data governance and data management solutions for financial services organizations. Simon is an expert in regulatory reporting and data governance for banking and insurance companies. Prior to Collibra, Simon served in executive data governance roles as a Senior Manager with EY, and as a Director with PwC. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economic Policy from the University of Stirling and is a Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.



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