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Global Data Excellence (GDE) was founded in 2007, in Geneva, Switzerland. The company creation was based on the observation that data is a strategic asset for any organization and that data management is a priority because of the explosion of the volume and the consideration of new business requirements. GDE developed the software Data Excellence Management System (DEMS) embedding the Data Excellence Framework© (DEF) allowing organizations to maximize the business value of their data.


The digital era has changed the way business activities are conducted, evaluated and managed. GDE believes that data is not only a fact or a figure but it is a strategic asset for all organizations. Therefore, organizations need to single-mindedly focus on the ultimate value it intends to create to sustain Business Excellence. This process of “valorization” allows organizations to control and implement strategic objectives to Govern by Value.


Global Data Excellence (GDE) assists organizations in their data valorization projects, data quality, data governance or data conversion with the support of a framework (DEF), a cloud-based platform (DEMS) and a maturity assessment tool (DEMA). GDE aims to revolutionize enterprise management by providing a global approach reconciling IT and business by maximizing the business value of enterprise data.


Dr. Walid el Abed

Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Walid el Abed is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Global Data Excellence (GDE). He is an expert and visionary in several domains: Business Excellence, Data Governance, Data Quality, Data Conversion, Metadata and Master Data Management Dr. Walid el Abed helped multiple global organizations to setup the vision, the execution strategy and the implementation plan to govern and get value out of their data. For more than 15 years, he has defined and implemented data strategies within global organizations to achieve Business Excellence.

Marc Vengadabady

Co-Founder and Head of Data Excellence Products

Marc co-founded Global Data Excellence and serves as Head of Product, responsible for the roadmap, the technology and the development of the products. Prior to Global Data Excellence, Marc held several senior-executive roles in multinational companies like Come Computer, Silicon Graphics, Sun Microsystems, Thomson CSF, and Cap Gemini.He has more than 30 years of experience in the IT industry and his engineering experience encompasses both consulting services and product design. In the last 10 years, Marc was involved in building enterprise-scale business intelligence and master data management solutions.

Olivier Combe

Chief Operating Officer

Olivier serves as Chief Operating Officer at Global Data Excellence and is mainly responsible for the delivery and the support of GDE products to our customers. He is titular of a MSc degree in “communication systems” with a specialty in “communication and information security” of the Swiss Institute of Technology (EPFL) where he also worked as laboratory assistant. After working in a consulting company as data quality consultant, Olivier joined GDE and worked successively in the R&D team and as data excellence expert to customers.