Alain De Taeye, born in Belgium, graduated as engineer-architect from the University of Gent. After having done research work in the field of Operations Research at the Business School of the Gent University, he founded Informatics & Management Consultants (I&M) where next to IT consultancy, he continued his work on digital map databases and routing. In 1989 I&M was integrated into the Dutch Tele Atlas group and as of 1990 Alain headed Tele Atlas.
In 2008, TomTom acquired Tele Atlas and Alain joined the Management Board of TomTom. His vision towards creating and nurturing TeleAtlas focusing on commercial geospatial content has added immense value by empowering commoditization and consumerization of geospatial capability. Taeye’s continued leadership at TomTom has brought consistency in overall evolution of geospatial content strategy at TomTom, offering newer dimensions and utilities across different disciplines, driving future course of business direction including e-commerce, autonomous vehicles, indoor mapping etc.