IBM Appoints Chief Privacy Officer

Christina Peters to lead IBM's global privacy practice

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ARMONK, N.Y. - 15 Oct 2012: IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that it has appointed Christina Peters as the company's Chief Privacy Officer. Peters will guide and oversee IBM's global information policy and practices affecting more than 400,000 employees and thousands of clients. Peters also is responsible for a worldwide team of legal, data protection and technical professionals at IBM who address privacy and data security in the leadership manner expected of the company's global brand. 

In her role as IBM's Chief Privacy Officer, Peters will lead the company’s global engagement in public policy and industry initiatives on data security and privacy, and continue to serve on the advisory board of the Future of Privacy Forum.

IBM was the first major corporation to appoint a Chief Privacy Officer in 2000 and has consistently applied advanced techniques and technologies across its global business operations and practices. IBM's numerous privacy advancements include:

·          First company to adopt a global privacy code of conduct.

·          First to adopt a genetic non-discrimination policy.

·          First to establish a policy to only advertise on websites with visible privacy statements.

Peters has worked as a practicing attorney with IBM since 1996 (first in Germany, later in the US). She has handled a wide range of complex transactional, policy, compliance, litigation, and cybersecurity matters in the United States and internationally.

Peters was educated at Dartmouth College (summa cum laude) and Harvard Law School (magna cum laude), where she was an Executive Editor of the Harvard Law Review. Following a District of Columbia Circuit clerkship, she worked at D.C.-based law firm, Covington & Burling. Prior to joining IBM, she was a Robert Bosch Fellow in Germany, where she worked at the Federal Cartel Authority and Deutsche Telekom.

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