Al Silipigni, CIPP/US

Senior Vice President, Chief Privacy Officer

Al Silipigni leads the privacy function at HSBC – one of the largest banking and financial services organization in the world.  Privacy@HSBC focuses on the design, implementation and management of policies, processes, and capabilities governing the use of personal information. Mr. Silipigni leads the strategic direction for privacy risk consistent with HSBC’s corporate objectives and risk appetite promoting a strong culture and commitment to customer and employee privacy.

Mr. Silipigni believes strongly that privacy is both a regulatory and operational risk - and when done right is a driver of innovation, best in class economics and customer loyalty.  And it is the consistent execution of core privacy principles that drives trust with regulators, employees and customers – a goal for any Privacy Practitioner.

Mr. Silipigni drives a pragmatic and operational approach to privacy.  He chairs the HSBC Privacy Working Group comprised of the leaders of business and corporate functions.  It is these leaders that drive major transformational efforts, launch new products, and execute privacy throughout HSBC.  This structure ensures Privacy is integrated early-on into new processes, products and capabilities.

Prior to HSBC, Mr. Silipigni held positions of increasing responsibility at the American Express Company culminating as Chief Privacy Officer.  Within his tenure at American Express, Mr Silipigni was a member of the Strategic Planning Group with a focus on new product introductions and efforts to shape the strategic direction of the organization.  His role within the Risk and Information Management functions led to advances in the responsible use of customer information in ways that benefited both the customer and the organization by enabling a more personalized experience.  He was the Chief Privacy Officer for the two United States based banks that issued American Express products and which represented the most regulated entities within the American Express Company.    He was the face of privacy to Boards of Directors, senior business leaders, customers, and regulators. Consumer research named American Express “the most trusted company for customer privacy” during his tenure.

Prior to American Express, Mr. Silipigni was vice president strategic marketing at JPMorganChase with a focus on introducing new products and services for consumers, small businesses, and corporate accounts.  He was Senior Engagement Leader at Cap Gemini/Ernst & Young where his focus was on embedding emerging technology into the core business practices of established companies.  As vice president/client partner for interactive digital marketing within the Omnicom Group – his focus was on translating offline brands into the online space to expand market and customer acceptance. These roles required balancing appropriate use of information with driving innovative, economics, and improved customer experience.

Mr. Silipigni is active in the privacy professional community serving on a number of boards of forward thinking organizations.   Mr. Silipigni is a long term member of the Responsible Information Management Council of the Ponemon Institute.  Ponemon is a leading independent consumer research organization leveraging fact based research to enable organizations to improve data protection and enhance their trustworthiness and brand through innovative privacy practices.   Mr. Silipigni is a founding member of The Future of Privacy Forum Advisory Board (FPF).  FPF is a Washington, DC based think tank seeking to advance responsible data practices.  

Mr. Silipigni is active with the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).  The IAPP is the largest and most comprehensive global information privacy community defining and improving the privacy profession through education and certification.  Mr. Silipigni sits on the Education Advisory Board of the International Association of Privacy Professionals which drives the strategic content and direction of the training and educational programs.  Mr. Silipigni was elected to chair the 2013 IAPP Practical Privacy Series for Financial Services in NYC. 

Mr. Silipigni is currently completing his first term on the Regulatory Steering Committee of BITS of the Financial Services Roundtable. BITS is the technology policy division of The Financial Services Roundtable.  BITS address issues at the intersection of financial services, technology and public policy.  

In 2013, Mr. Silipigni was recognized as a Privacy by Design (PbD) Ambassador for his commitment and advocacy for the protection of personal information. 

Mr. Silipigni is a Certified Information Privacy Profession with the International Association of Privacy Professionals.   He has earned an MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business and BS from Lehigh University.

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