Alation, a prominent enterprise data catalog provider, has appointed company co-founder Aaron Kalb as its first CDO. The company has also tapped Stephanie McReynolds as senior VP of marketing.

Nick Ismail filed this report in Information Age:

As CDO, Kalb will lead a team dedicated to Alation’s data strategy: governance, self-service analytics, security and compliance initiatives, as well as best practices on the proper use of data and data literacy initiatives.

In addition to the appointment, Stephanie McReynolds has been promoted to senior vice president of marketing. The first senior marketing hire at Alation, McReynolds has been already been successful in bringing Alation’s customer stories to market and helped the company advance in the machine learning data catalog category.

“Only a few years ago, the market was just beginning to understand what a data catalog is and how it could help them connect analytics with decision making. Now, enterprises around the world and in nearly every major industry vertical are crediting the Alation Data Catalog with increasing analytic productivity, driving agile stewardship and expanding access to analytics beyond the analytic specialist,” said Stephanie McReynolds. “In conjunction with our customers, we’re learning that to reach the final mile of analytic value, applications, like data catalogs are critical.”

“Aaron and Stephanie have both been instrumental in championing the data catalog category and the core tenets of a customer data culture. As we further our mission of changing the way people work with data, it’s critical that we continue to evolve our own organisation as a centre of industry best-practices for data culture,” said Satyen Sangani, CEO of Alation.