Kirk Herath, CIPP/US, CIPP/G

Vice President-Chief Privacy Officer, Associate General Counsel
Nationwide Insurance Companies

Kirk Herath is vice president, associate general counsel and chief privacy officer for Nationwide Insurance Companies and affiliates based in Columbus, Ohio. 

Among other things, Herath heads up a team that has primary responsibility for corporate privacy policy and implementing privacy across all lines of business. He represents Nationwide’s interests on many industry and business privacy groups and before legislative and regulatory bodies. Herath is responsible for all legal issues impacting privacy, information security, technology and information systems, contracts and supply services management, confidentiality and data integrity. Under Herath’s leadership, Nationwide has been selected as one of the top 10 most trusted companies for privacy (#1 in the insurance sector) five times by the Ponemon Institute. 

Herath is past president of the International Association of Privacy Professionals and is still very active within the association, serving on several committees. He also served on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee from 2005 to 2011. He speaks regularly on a broad array of issues.

Herath received undergraduate degrees in political science and history from the University of Cincinnati and has a master’s degree in international affairs from the American University in Washington, DC. He holds a law degree from Capital University Law School in Columbus, OH, and is admitted to the Ohio Bar. Herath also holds the CIPP/US and CIPP/G credentials.

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