April 4, 2006

IAPP Announces New Appointments To 2006 Board Of Directors

YORK, Maine — April 4, 2006 — The IAPP, the world's largest association of privacy professionals, today announced the appointment of several new directors to its Board as well as the promotion of directors to serve new roles. The IAPP Board of Directors now includes privacy leaders from Walt Disney Company, Schering-Plough Corp., Intel, General Electric Company and Hewitt Associates. They join existing directors from IBM Corp., Procter & Gamble, Intuit, Pfizer Inc., America Online, Inc., Microsoft Corp., the U.S. Postal Service and the University of Pennsylvania, among others.

Kirk M. Herath, CIPP/G, Chief Privacy Officer, Associate General Counsel, Nationwide Insurance Companies, will serve as the new President of the IAPP, succeeding Chris Zoladz, CIPP, and Vice President, Information Protection, Marriott International.

"I am proud to lead the IAPP in the coming year as we continue to build an organization that capably meets the needs of our growing membership," said Herath, who is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP) with a specialization in government privacy (CIPP/G). "I truly believe that the IAPP's continued success will mirror the success of the privacy profession. Privacy pros will be well-served by the IAPP's accomplished leadership, which is strengthened by the addition of five new board members whose experience and commitment will help our profession thrive."

The IAPP also announced the appointment of five new members to the Board of Directors: Jonathan D. Avila, Vice President, Chief Privacy Legal Officer, The Walt Disney Co.; Dean Forbes, CIPP, Global Privacy Officer, Schering-Plough Corp.; David Hoffman, CIPP, Group Counsel and Director of Privacy, Intel; Nuala O'Connor Kelly, CIPP/G, Chief Privacy Leader, General Electric Company; and Amy E. Yates, CIPP, Chief Privacy Officer and an attorney in the Office of the General Counsel, Hewitt Associates.

Avila supervises Disney's data privacy counseling and compliance for the domestic and international operations of offline and online businesses. Prior to joining Disney, Avila was General Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer of, Inc., a venture capital-funded company. He also has served at Litigation Counsel to CBS Broadcasting Inc., where he represented CBS in privacy litigation related to CBS News broadcasting activities. Before CBS, Avila practiced law with Los Angeles law firm Latham & Watkins.

"I am pleased to be joining the IAPP's Board of Directors as the IAPP and the privacy profession move into a new era of challenges and opportunities," Avila said.
Forbes works in the Global Compliance & Business Practices group at Schering-Plough Corp.  and is responsible for developing and implementing all strategic privacy initiatives at the company. Prior to joining Schering-Plough, Forbes worked as an attorney for more than 13 years with the Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) Bureau of Consumer Protection. During his FTC tenure, Forbes handled law enforcement actions and other matters related to deceptive advertising, technology fraud, privacy and information security.
"I am grateful for the opportunity to lend my experiences in the public and private sectors to the IAPP Board, and to help plan for the future growth and evolution of our profession," Forbes said. "The IAPP is a forward-looking organization that sees the value in a global approach to privacy and data protection and I am pleased to be a part of that."

Hoffman is Intel's Group Counsel and Director of Privacy and Security Policy. Hoffman leads a team that oversees privacy compliance as well as all privacy and security policy associated with Intel's technology. During his career at Intel, Hoffman also managed the legal team assigned to the Chief Information Officer; counseled Intel's research and development labs;  and provided antitrust and sales guidance to Intel's sales force. Hoffman is a member of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee.  "I am honored to join such an esteemed group of privacy professionals," Hoffman said. "The IAPP is the pre-eminent organization for our profession. I look forward to helping the IAPP continue to provide superior education and support to best provide privacy protection for individuals."

Appointed Chief Privacy Leader of General Electric Company in October 2005, O'Connor Kelly leads global privacy policy and practice for one of the world's largest, diversified multinational companies. Prior to joining GE, O'Connor Kelly served as the Chief Privacy Officer of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). O'Connor Kelly was appointed in April 2003 to serve as the first statutorily required chief privacy officer for any federal agency. At DHS, O'Connor Kelly had oversight of all privacy policy matters, including compliance with the Privacy Act of 1974, the Freedom of Information Act of 1966 (as amended), and the completion of Privacy Impact Assessments on new programs and data collection technologies. Before joining DHS, O'Connor Kelly served as Chief Privacy Officer for the U.S. Department of Commerce, where she also was the Chief Counsel for Technology and Deputy Director of the Office of Policy and Strategic Planning.

Prior to her public service, O'Connor Kelly served as Vice President-Data Protection and Chief Privacy Officer for Emerging Technologies for the online media services company, DoubleClick. At DoubleClick, she helped to found the company's first data protection department. O'Connor Kelly also was responsible for the creation of privacy and data protection policies and procedures throughout the company and for clients and partners. She also served as DoubleClick's first deputy general counsel for privacy.

O'Connor Kelly also has practiced law with the firms of Sidley & Austin, Hudson Cook and Venable, Baetjer, Howard & Civiletti in Washington, D.C.

"I am honored to join the board of the IAPP, the leading organization of privacy professionals," O'Connor Kelly said. "The IAPP has been instrumental in recent years in educating new privacy professionals and in fostering dialogues among experienced practitioners. I'm excited also to be among a board of talented and vibrant professionals and friends."

Yates specializes in privacy, technology and intellectual property issues. Hewitt is a global outsourcing and consulting firm, delivering a range of human capital management services to companies, including HR, payroll, benefits outsourcing and healthcare. Yates, who has worked for Hewitt Associates for four years, was formerly the acting privacy officer at Andersen for a year and a half.

"I am excited to be part of a dynamic professional organization that serves such a new and  important industry," Yates said. "Privacy pros embrace a clear and valuable mandate — to understand the laws around the protection of personal data and to develop, as well as share, best practices for our profession."
Also effective immediately are the appointments of:

  • Sandra R. Hughes, CIPP, Global Privacy Executive, Procter & Gamble, to serve as the IAPP's Vice President in place of former Vice President, Herath.
  • Becky Burr, CIPP, Partner, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, who will serve as the IAPP's Treasurer, formerly a joint position held by departing IAPP President, Chris Zoladz.
  • Dale Skivington, CIPP, Chief Privacy Officer, Assistant General Counsel, Eastman Kodak Co., who assumes the duties of Secretary. She succeeds Janet McCoy, Chief Privacy Officer & Senior Vice President, Sovereign Bank.