January 19, 2010

IAPP Announces New Appointments to 2010 Board of Directors

YORK, Maine – January 19, 2010 — The IAPP, the world's largest association of privacy professionals, today announced the appointment of five new directors to its board as well as the promotion of three current directors to leadership roles.  The IAPP board of directors now includes: Allen Brandt, CIPP, corporate counsel, data protection and privacy, chief privacy official, Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC); Brendon Lynch, CIPP, senior director, privacy strategy, Microsoft Corporation; Lisa Sotto, Esq., partner, Hunton & Williams LLP; Scott Taylor, chief privacy officer, Hewlett-Packard; and Florian Thoma, chief data protection officer, Siemens.  They join existing directors from Accenture, Ernst & Young, General Electric Company, Google, Information Integrity Solutions, Morrison & Foerster, Privacy and Information Management Services, The Procter & Gamble Company, Royal Bank of Canada, Schering-Plough Corporation, TD Bank, the U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and The Walt Disney Company.

“I’m extremely pleased to welcome these distinguished privacy professionals to our board,” said IAPP President Nuala O’Connor Kelly, CIPP, CIPP/G, chief privacy leader & senior counsel, information governance, General Electric Company.  “Their vision and experience will be invaluable in leading the IAPP and the privacy profession into the next decade.”    

Allen Brandt is corporate counsel, data protection and privacy, chief privacy official, for GMAC, which is the owner of the Graduate Management Admission Test® (GMAT®). He provides legal guidance and counsel to GMAC on U.S. and international consumer privacy issues, creates data protection policies and procedures, responds to privacy inquiries, and leads the employee privacy training program.

Brendon Lynch is the senior director of privacy strategy at Microsoft, where he is responsible for all aspects of Microsoft’s privacy approach, including privacy policy creation and implementation across the company, influencing the creation of privacy and data protection technologies for customers and overseeing communication and engagement with all external stakeholders.  

Lisa Sotto, a partner in the New York office of Hunton & Williams LLP, heads the firm’s Privacy and Information Management Practice.  She serves on the Department of Homeland Security’s Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee and also serves as co-chair of the International Privacy Law Committee of the New York State Bar Association and chair of the New York Privacy Officers Forum.  

Scott Taylor is chief privacy officer for the Hewlett-Packard Company where he is responsible for global privacy strategy, policy, governance, and operations.  He is a member of the Corporate Compliance Council and chairs HP’s Privacy & Data Protection Governance Board.  Taylor serves as HP’s global representative with external policy makers, media, NGOs and customers in the area of privacy and data protection.  

Florian Thoma is chief data protection officer of Siemens, responsible for ensuring the effective protection of personal privacy rights and compliance with data protection laws and internal regulations and for the worldwide coordination of the Siemens data protection organization. He also chairs the Workgroup on data protection of BITKOM (the German IT and Telecom Industry Association).
Also effective immediately are the appointments of:

  • Nuala O’Connor Kelly, CIPP, CIPP/G, chief privacy leader & senior counsel, information governance, General Electric Company, to serve as President
  • Bojana Bellamy, director of data privacy, Accenture, to serve as Vice President 
  • Jane C. Horvath, CIPP, CIPP/G, senior global privacy counsel, Google Inc., to serve as Secretary 
  • Jeff Green, CIPP/C, vice president, global compliance and chief privacy officer, Royal Bank of Canada, to serve as Treasurer  
  • Jonathan D. Avila, CIPP, vice president – counsel, chief privacy officer, The Walt Disney Company, to serve as Past President  

About the IAPP
The International Association of Privacy Professionals is the world’s largest association of privacy professionals with more than 6,400 members across 50 countries. The IAPP helps to define and support the privacy profession through networking, education and certification. More information about the IAPP is available at

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Tammy Vigliotti
International Association of Privacy Professionals
+1 (207) 351.1500