September 17, 2009

Sun Microsystems’ Michelle Dennedy Wins 2009 Goodwin Procter-IAPP Privacy Vanguard Award

BOSTON—September 17, 2009—The International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), the world's largest association of privacy professionals, today announced that Michelle Dennedy, chief governance officer, Cloud Computing, Sun Microsystems, Inc., is the  winner of the 2009 Goodwin Procter-IAPP Privacy Vanguard Award. Dennedy received the award at the IAPP Privacy Dinner, held in conjunction with the IAPP Privacy Academy 2009.

Dennedy was selected for her legacy of privacy leadership at Sun. She served as senior legal counsel for privacy from 2000-2003, chief privacy officer from 2003-2008 and chief data strategy and privacy officer from 2008-2009. In her current role, Dennedy is responsible for strategy and planning around all data governance issues like privacy, security, policy and export control relating to cloud computing products and services. In her chief privacy officer role, Dennedy was responsible for creating and building Sun’s global privacy program. She established an internal “privacy council” who’s alumni include more than eight privacy officials now serving in other multinational enterprises and government agencies. Nominations reflected Dennedy’s dedication to privacy training as well as her commitment to demystifying privacy and evangelizing its value across the enterprise.

The Goodwin Procter-IAPP Privacy Vanguard Award honors the privacy professional who has best demonstrated outstanding leadership, knowledge and creativity in privacy and data protection, whether through spearheading projects or programs that positively impact the privacy profession or through achievements over the course of an entire tenure or career. The IAPP Board of Directors' Executive Committee selects the recipient from a distinguished list of nominees.

“Michelle embodies the spirit of innovation, education and leadership in privacy and data protection,” said IAPP President Jonathan D. Avila, CIPP, vice president – counsel, chief privacy officer, The Walt Disney Company. “Her impressive tenure at Sun has elevated the broader privacy profession; this award is very well-deserved.”   

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