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Meet the TrustArc Privacy Experts Series – Margaret Alston

November 15, 2017

Margaret Alston, CIPP/G/C/M Consulting Program Director What drew you to privacy and how many years have you been in the privacy space? Initially, I came into the privacy profession by accident – it was a happy accident! I came from the consulting world and I hired by a boutique consulting firm for a privacy project. That was 18 years ago, and I have been hooked since then. Favorite GDPR Article and why Article 33 – Notification of a personal data breach to the supervisory authority. Incident response and planning for an incident is near and dear to my heart. Incidents … Continue reading Meet the TrustArc Privacy Experts Series – Margaret Alston

Meet the TrustArc Privacy Experts Series – Beth Sipula

October 03, 2017

Beth Sipula, FIP, CIPM, CIPP/US Senior Privacy Consultant In this blog series you will get to know several of our privacy experts from our global consulting team. Each team member brings different experience and expertise, so be sure to read each of their tips and advice! What drew you to privacy and how many years have you been in the privacy space? I fell into the privacy profession when I was working for a technology start up in 2000. I was the Director of Customer Care at that time and one of the founders asked me to take on creating … Continue reading Meet the TrustArc Privacy Experts Series – Beth Sipula

Meet TRUSTe: Chris Babel, CEO

June 24, 2015

Over the past six months we have given you an inside look at the talented, knowledgeable and friendly people who work at TRUSTe. This week we conclude the series with our CEO Chris Babel.

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How long have you worked at TRUSTe? It will be 6 years this December.

Tell us about your role at TRUSTe. As CEO, I’m responsible for setting strategy, vision and direction for the company. This encompasses everything from what markets to enter, what products to deliver to help our customers succeed and how to differentiate TRUSTe. Critical to succeeding is our culture and team, as the best strategy in the world still loses without great execution from people who understand the company direction and are passionate about our shared success. On a daily basis this can vary dramatically from meeting externally with customers or prospects to improve our market knowledge or internally hosting our monthly “Beer with Babel” meeting where employees can directly or anonymously submit any question they have about the company and our direction.

How has your role changed over time? When I started at TRUSTe, we had just transitioned from a non-profit organization with 60 employees and were just starting to build our technology platform. Today, we have about 175 employees with more people in product and engineering than we had in the whole company five years ago. Managing the transition to a full-fledged technology company and transitioning the culture with the market concerns around privacy exploding has been a massive change to TRUSTe and exciting challenge.

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Meet TRUSTe: Mikhail Nikitin, Director, Business Development, EMEA

June 17, 2015

Each week we give you an inside look at the talented, knowledgeable and friendly people who work at TRUSTe.

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Name: Mikhail Nikitin

Job Title: Director, Business Development, EMEA

How long have you worked at TRUSTe? 4.5 years.

Tell us about your role at TRUSTe. I run Business Development and Sales efforts for TRUSTe in Europe. We opened a London office several years ago, making my job of expanding TRUSTe’s presence both in UK and on the continent a lot easier. The challenges in the European data protection requirements and very specific consumer attitudes towards privacy mean that there is a real appetite from businesses to make the right choices when it comes to privacy strategy. We’ve been gaining a lot of traction with our Privacy Technology products and Privacy Certification services in the EU and I’m thrilled to be part of team that started this.

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Meet TRUSTe: Kevin Clifford, Director, Enterprise Solutions

June 03, 2015

Each week we give you an inside look at the talented, knowledgeable and friendly people who work at TRUSTe.  

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Name: Kevin Clifford

Job Title: Director, Enterprise Solutions

How long have you worked at TRUSTe? I’ve worked at TRUSTe for just over 5 years.

Tell us about your role at TRUSTe. I work with enterprise clients who are looking for a wide range of data privacy solutions, which include privacy assessments, consulting projects, monitoring solutions or, more recently, our new Assessment Manager to help automate their privacy assessments across the organization. I help our clients prioritize their privacy roadmap and then identify which of our solutions fit their needs. Once our privacy solutions are in place our clients continue to rely on us for ongoing guidance as the global privacy landscape seems to shift on a daily basis.

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Meet TRUSTe: Erwin Asignar, Senior Privacy Solutions Manager

April 29, 2015

Our latest series will introduce you to a new TRUSTe employee every week to give you an inside look at the talented, knowledgeable and friendly people who work at TRUSTe.  

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Name: Erwin Asignar

Job Title: Senior Privacy Solutions Manager

How long have you worked at TRUSTe? Going on 3 years now. I will be celebrating my third year anniversary on May 10, 2015.

Tell us about your role at TRUSTe. In my current role as a Senior Privacy Solutions Manager in our Cebu office in the Philippines, I work with new clients who are completing their TRUSTe certifications as well as existing clients who are completing renewal certifications for their websites, mobile applications and/or cloud platforms. My job includes speaking with clients and having them show me how personal information is collected through their website, and reviewing and making recommendations to ensure their privacy practices meet TRUSTe certification standards. I make sure that I build a strong relationship with each client to add value to the services that we are offering. Aside from doing client certification assessments, I also conduct certification trainings for newly hired Privacy Solutions Representatives and Privacy Solutions Managers.

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