October 11, 2012

IAPP Announces Recipient of the 2012 IAPP Privacy Vanguard Award

Sandra R. Hughes Honored with 2012 IAPP Privacy Vanguard Award

Joining a prestigious list of past winners, Hughes’ work demonstrates her leadership, knowledge and creativity in the industry

SAN JOSE—October 11, 2012—The International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), the world's largest association of privacy professionals, today announced that Sandra R. Hughes, CIPP/US, is the winner of the 2012 IAPP Privacy Vanguard Award. Hughes received the award at the IAPP Privacy Dinner, held in conjunction with the IAPP Privacy Academy 2012.

Hughes was selected for her effectiveness in developing a model to operationalize privacy and ethics across a multinational enterprise. She served as the global ethics, compliance and privacy executive during the last 11 years of her nearly 36‑year career at Procter & Gamble, where her leadership enabled development of the company’s global information governance risk management program. The program elevated the role of ethics and compliance globally, using the global privacy program as a model.

“Sandy Hughes’ trailblazing career and ability to bring people together have helped advance the profession,” said IAPP Chairman Jeff Green, CIPP/C, vice president of global compliance and chief privacy officer at Royal Bank of Canada. “This well-deserved award reflects not only her pioneering work but also her tireless advocacy and mentorship.”

Hughes was also recognized for her prolific role as a mentor, especially for young women entering the data privacy field.

Now an independent consultant, Hughes is a past IAPP chairman and a founding member of the Public Policy Steering Committee of GS1/EPCglobal, a standards organization for the barcode and the electronic product code (RFID). She is a published author and has testified before Congress on the responsible use of RFID technology.

The IAPP Privacy Vanguard Award honors the privacy professional who has 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.

Also honored at this year’s Privacy Dinner were the recipients of the 2012 IAPP Privacy Law Scholars Award. The awards recognize outstanding scholarship around privacy. Winning papers were selected from among 40 submitted at the fifth annual Privacy Law Scholars Conference in June.

About the IAPP

The International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) is the largest and most comprehensive global information privacy community and resource, helping practitioners develop and advance their careers and organizations manage and protect their data. Founded in 2000, the IAPP is a not-for-profit association that helps define, support and improve the privacy profession through networking, education and certification. More information about the IAPP is available at


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