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The Certified Data Steward (CDS) Program was created by a group of prominent data stewardship practitioners and educators under the leadership of Arkady Maydanchik, Maria C Villar, and David Wells.

The CDS Advisory Council includes distinguished industry experts, representatives of large organizations, industry analysts, and academicians. It was formed to assist the CDS Board in making key resolutions, thus ensuring that the program meets the industry needs in the best way. The CDS Advisory Council has the following members:

     Jim Ericson, Editorial Director, Information Management magazine

     Don Gray, Global Head of Data Quality, Citi

     Jennifer Hay, IT Professional Development and Certification Specialist

     Theresa Kushner, Vice President, Enterprise Information Management, VMware

     Doug Laney, VP Research, Business Analytics and Performance Management, Gartner

     Arkady Maydanchik, Data Quality Educator and Practitioner

     Ken Self, Data Strategy and Standards Manager, Shell Company of Australia

     Maria C Villar, Global VP, Data Management, SAP

     Hugh Watson, Professor, University of Georgia

     Dave Wells, Information Management Consultant, Mentor, and Educator

We are always looking for input. If you have any suggestions about how to improve the program or any of its aspects, please, contact Arkady Maydanchik at