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October 24, 2006

The IAPP And Deloitte & Touche Honor Marriott's Chris Zoladz As Privacy Professional Of The Year

YORK, Maine -- October 24, 2006 - The IAPP and Deloitte & Touche LLP ("Deloitte & Touche") are proud to announce that Chris Zoladz, Vice President, Information Protection, Marriott International, is the 2006 recipient of the IAPP/Deloitte & Touche Vanguard Award, which recognizes the privacy professional of the year. IAPP accepts nominations for the award from the privacy community and judges the participants.

"Chris Zoladz is a pioneer of the nascent privacy profession," said IAPP Board President Kirk M. Herath, CIPP/G, President of the IAPP Board of Directors and Chief Privacy Officer, Associate General Counsel, Nationwide Insurance Companies. "He was the first CPO for Marriott and he was one of the first leaders of the IAPP.  As a mentor to many privacy professionals, I can think of no one more deserving for this year's Vanguard Award."

"Privacy is as much a key business issue as top-line growth, cost reduction, or tax optimization, and Deloitte & Touche is proud to recognize and support excellence in the privacy profession," said Rena Mears, National Privacy & Data Protection leader in the Security & Privacy Services practice at Deloitte & Touche LLP, the co-sponsor of the Vanguard Award. "We support the Vanguard Award and remain deeply committed to advancing the privacy profession."

Zoladz, a longtime committed privacy leader for the privacy industry and past president of the IAPP Board of Directors, received the award during an Oct. 19 member reception at Toronto's Hockey Hall of Fame. Zoladz was nominated in large part for his role as chairman of the Privacy Roundtable at Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt, Starwood and InterContinental. In this capacity, Zoladz spearheaded an initiative in this group to develop privacy training for hotel employees.

Zoladz, a Certified Information Privacy Professional, brought together this group of marketplace competitors to embrace the importance of launching a gold standard privacy training program for hotel employees. He not only had the vision, but also coordinated the logistics and arrangements with vendors for the program.

Lynn Goodendorf, Vice President of Data Privacy at InterContinental Hotel Group, praised Zoladz for his leadership.

"This effort led to a mandatory brand standard in our company that all hotel employees must be trained using this program," said Goodendorf, who nominated Zoladz for the award. "We have now deployed this training to over 2,500 hotels in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, in both English and Spanish. It takes a special kind of leadership to get fierce competitors to collaborate and Chris did it."