(Interview) Women in master data: Ibuki Maeda, Stibo Systems

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December 17 2019

Stibo Systems honors Women in Master Data Management and the great work by many in the industry to achieve gender balance and equity. This blog series brings you several interviews with some of the remarkable women in our industry. We hope the stories of these women will inspire you to chase your passion for master data and its related fields.

Ibuki Maeda is a consultant at Stibo Systems in Tokyo, Japan. Ibuki recently joined Stibo Systems to support regional organizations in succeeding with their master data management (MDM) and is already involved in a large scale project. Previously, Ibuki worked as a Project Manager at a French fintech subsidiary in Japan.

Ibuki Maeda, Stibo Systems Japan

Why did you pick a career in master data?

I am passionate about learning and love challenges. Being a consultant in the master data management field provides me with tons of opportunities to learn and challenge myself.

Also, my previous working experience made me realize the importance of mastering data.

What do you like most about your job?

I love interacting with people and working in international environments. Furthermore, learning about MDM and how to work on projects is exciting.

What do you see as the biggest barriers for more women in the master data field?

I believe there are three barriers for women in the master data field. First, there are not many people who even know there is a field in “master data management” in Japan. This is a relatively immature market here. Second, females in Japan are typically not interested in IT related fields. Third, still less females work than males in Japan. Traditionally, females resign their job after getting married or giving a birth.

What advice would you give to a woman considering a career in master data?

If you like learning and challenges, you will definitely enjoy developing your career in this field.

Does your organization work to promote gender equality? If so, how?

In Japan, employees are hired based on their skills and potential, not the gender. Currently, all the consultants at the Japan office are actually women, and they are all smart and very passionate about their career.

Globally, Stibo Systems is working to inspire more young females to get interested in master data management and related fields. This campaign is a good example of how they try to do it.

Share a fun fact about yourself

I love bouldering. One of the reasons is that gender does not matter for this sport. Anyone can climb as long as they are creative and strong mentally and physically.


Sherry Grote is VP of Marketing at Stibo Systems with over 20 years of experience from high tech and healthcare companies, seeing herself as a catalyst for growth. As a marketing professional through and through, writing the story of her life knowing that it only ends once, so anything that happens before that is simply called progress.
Sherry Grote ist bei Stibo Systems als Vice President, Americas Marketing tätig. Sie blickt auf mehr als 20 Jahre Praxiserfahrung in Hightech- und Healtchcare-Unternehmen zurück und sieht sich selbst als Katalysator für Wachstum. Als gestandene Marketingexpertin folgt sie einem sehr pragmatischen Ansatz, der sich folgendermaßen auf den Punkt bringen lässt: „Alles hat irgendwann ein Ende. Was vor diesem Punkt geschieht, ist schlicht und einfach Fortschritt."



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