IAPP Professional Privacy Faculty


Navigate LLC

Chris Zoladz, CIPP/US, CIPP/E, CIPP/G, CIPP/IT, CIPM, CISSP, CISA, CPA, is the founder of Navigate LLC, a consulting company focused on providing comprehensive strategic and tactical information protection and privacy consulting services. 

Prior to founding Navigate in April 2009, Zoladz was the vice president of information protection and privacy at Marriott International, Inc., a function he created in 1999. In this role he had responsibility for all global information protection and privacy activities, including executive advocacy, policy, awareness programs, training, information mapping, risk assessment and remediation and legal compliance, including entrance into the EU Safe Harbor program in 2002 and the due diligence for annual renewals. Zoladz and his team collaborated with management across all Marriott business units and departments to ensure that the company’s valuable information assets were identified, adequately protected and leveraged for economic gain in a privacy sensitive manner. He also served as chair of the Information Security & Privacy Governance Committee and was a member of the eBusiness Council.  

Zoladz joined Marriott from Ernst & Young, where he last served as the mid-Atlantic area office director of IT audit and security services. In this role he led a practice group focused on delivering information systems audit and security consulting services to numerous clients in a multitude of industries. Clients included Fortune 500 companies in the Washington, DC, Baltimore and Richmond marketplace. Zoladz also served on the Ernst & Young IT Assurance & Advisory Services Practice Management Committee. 

A past-chairman, treasurer and founding board member of the IAPP, Zoladz was the recipient of the 2006 IAPP Vanguard Award as the chief privacy officer of the year. He was also named one of the top privacy advisors by Computerworld in 2010, the last year the list was published. Zoladz is also a past member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Telecommunications and eCommerce Committee and speaks frequently on privacy matters.

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