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Leading Chief Privacy Officer Hilary Wandall Joins TRUSTe

August 01, 2016

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TRUSTe’s thrilled to announce that Hilary Wandall, Associate Vice President, Compliance and Chief Privacy Officer at the global pharmaceutical company, Merck & Co. Inc., has joined TRUSTe as General Counsel and Chief Data Governance Officer. In this role, Hilary will use her extensive global privacy knowledge and operational experience to help TRUSTe further expand their market leading privacy technology and service offerings. She will be a member of the TRUSTe Executive Team and also direct strategic legal, regulatory and privacy related initiatives to help TRUSTe scale its internal business operations.

In 22 years at Merck, Hilary served as Chief Privacy Officer for the past 12 years. During that time, she led the development and continuous improvement of a world-class privacy program supporting Merck’s ongoing global business development, including a worldwide corporate merger, while concurrently holding complementary roles as a corporate attorney and then as a compliance officer. She led Merck’s initiative to become the first health care company and second multinational to achieve APEC Cross Border Privacy Rules (CBPR) certification and the first company to achieve CBPR certification of its entire privacy program. Earlier this year, she completed a follow-on project for Merck to become the first company to demonstrate EU-APEC privacy interoperability in practice by obtaining EU Binding Corporate Rules (BCR) approval based on an existing APEC CBPR-certified program.

As Associate Vice President, Compliance and Chief Privacy Officer Hilary also developed and implemented a quantitative privacy risk management program integrated with a global automated privacy impact assessment and designed and led the global implementation of a novel comprehensive compliance program for the worldwide animal health business. Since 2014, Hilary has served on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the International Association of Privacy Professionals, and in 2016 was elected Board Chairman.

Trevor Hughes, President and CEO of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) recognized Hilary’s privacy experience, saying  “There are few people in the world who share such depth and breadth in the field of privacy.  Hilary Wandall has brought innovation and leadership to the profession, and will undoubtedly continue her record of success going forward.”

Jules Polonetsky, CEO, Future of Privacy Forum said “Hilary is one of the most respected figures in the privacy community, as a leader in corporate compliance as well as a trusted advisor for policymakers and regulators. TRUSTe has really pulled off a coup in bringing her into a leadership role at the organization.”

Commenting on her new appointment, Hilary Wandall said:

“TRUSTe has been an exceptional partner in developing innovative solutions for bridging technology and policy to manage privacy effectively on a global scale. I am delighted to join the TRUSTe team at this pivotal time to help develop innovative solutions to address the increasingly complex legal, regulatory and data risk management challenges that privacy and data protection stakeholders are facing around the world.”

Hilary holds a Juris Doctor and a Master of Business Administration from Temple University, a Master of Bioethics from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Moravian College.