Leading Chief Privacy Officer Hilary Wandall Joins TRUSTe as Demand Escalates for Global Privacy and Data Protection Solutions

EU General Data Protection Regulation, Privacy Shield and data privacy risks fueling demand for more sophisticated privacy governance, risk and compliance solutions


San Francisco, August 1, 2016 – TRUSTe, the leading Data Privacy Management company, announced today 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 to support rising global compliance requirements and privacy risk management. 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.

"Having worked with Hilary to deliver Merck’s Privacy Program and global automated Privacy Impact Assessment system through our Assessment Manager platform, I know she is a true thought leader in privacy risk management and commands the respect of privacy leaders around the world." said TRUSTe CEO, Chris Babel. "We are thrilled to have her on the team to continue to drive TRUSTe’s evolution of market-leading privacy automation technology. Hilary's appointment will ensure that TRUSTe remains at the forefront of regulatory and product developments on behalf of our global client-base at this critical time for the industry with the advent of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and potential for global privacy regulation interoperability."

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.

About TRUSTe

TRUSTe powers privacy compliance and trust by enabling businesses to use data across their customer, employee and vendor channels. We have nearly 20 years’ experience and a team of over 150 professionals dedicated to providing data privacy management solutions and services, including assessments, certifications and our SaaS-based Platform. The Data Privacy Management Platform provides control over all phases of privacy; from conducting assessments and implementing compliance controls to managing ongoing monitoring. Companies worldwide rely on TRUSTe to minimize compliance risk and protect their brand. For further information see www.truste.com.

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