Global Master Data Manager , Jacobs Douwe Egberts
Gerard is a recognised and accomplished data management professional, helping businesses unlock the value of their information. A firm believer in the principle that good data management is all about people rather than IT systems, Gerard’s proven approach focuses on delivering real change through stakeholder buy-in, organisational redesign, process improvement and team development. He has set up substantial data governance organisations, built large data management teams from scratch, implemented workflow systems, delivered cost-reducing data management processes, built data quality systems and set up insightful BI systems. Gerard has worked in many blue-chip organisations throughout his career and is currently heading up global master data management at Jacobs Douwe Egberts in the Netherlands. An engaging communicator, Gerard is a regular speaker at data management and governance conferences, where his practical content and real-life examples are always popular and well received.