Florian Thoma Joins Accenture
Global management and consulting firm Accenture just got a boost in privacy experience after naming Florian Thoma, CIPP/US, CIPP/E, CIPM, as its new senior director of global data privacy. Thoma, who has served on the IAPP’s Board of Directors since 2010 and its European Advisory Board since 2009, started his new position on February 1.
Thoma comes to Accenture after a long and successful stint at Siemens, Europe’s largest engineering company. He started in the Siemens legal department in 1998 and eventually became its chief data protection officer for more than nine years, from 2004 through 2013. Though he wasn’t the first chief data protection officer at Siemens—they’ve had someone in a privacy officer role since the late 1970s—Thoma told The Privacy Advisor he was the first one to implement privacy on a global scale.
Last April, Thoma discussed preparing for the proposed General Data Protection Regulation and how to begin implementing Privacy by Design into healthcare devices. And in October, Thoma joined a panel of experts to discuss the European Parliament’s LIBE Committee Draft of the GDPR.