Rob Karel

Rob Karel is the Vice President Product Strategy at Informatica. Karel is focused on developing and implementing a comprehensive strategy and solution for data governance spanning the entire Informatica product family. Formerly with Forrester Research, Rob has a stellar reputation as an industry expert in the area of data management and was ranked in the top 2% of all analysts at the firm. Karel looks across Informatica’s products to advance the company’s breadth in data management. He has more than 20 years of data management experience, working in both business and IT roles to develop solutions that provide better quality of, confidence in, and usability of critical enterprise data. Most recently, Karel spent six years with Forrester Research as a Principal Analyst, and was a leading expert in how companies deliver trusted information across the enterprise to enable mission critical business processes, customer interactions and decisions. Karel’s research focus included master data management, data quality, metadata management, data integration, data architecture, and data governance best practices. Prior to joining Forrester, Karel managed Intuit's enterprise data quality initiatives and supported the implementation of Intuit's customer master reference system. Prior to Intuit, Karel managed the design and development of customer master and attribute management solutions for Cisco Systems. Earlier, Karel was Research Manager for the global mergers and acquisitions product group at Thomson Financial Securities Data (now Thomson Financial Investment Banking). Rob received a Bachelor of Science from Ithaca College with a Major in Finance and a Minor in Economics. Follow Rob Karel on Twitter @rbkarel