Hogan Lovells Expands Privacy and Information Management Practice with Addition of IBM Chief Privacy Officer as Partner

WASHINGTON, D.C. 19 June 2012 – Hogan Lovells announced today that Harriet P. Pearson, an internationally recognized corporate privacy and data security pioneer, will join its Privacy and Information Management practice as a partner on 1 August. Pearson joins Hogan Lovells from IBM, where she serves as Vice President, Security Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer. Pearson will counsel clients on privacy and information security policy and compliance as well as cross-border data transfers, data security incident response and remediation, and information and cyber security risk management and governance, among other matters.

“Harriet’s addition to our growing Privacy and Information Management practice comes at a perfect time, as clients are increasingly seeking advice on regulations and enforcement actions concerning the collection, use, sharing, and storage of data worldwide,” said partner Christopher Wolf, a director of Hogan Lovells' Privacy and Information Management practice group.

“Harriet is a pioneer in the area of privacy and data security law and policy and is well known in the privacy community as a thought leader,” said partner Marcy Wilder, a director of Hogan Lovells' Privacy and Information Management practice group. “Her addition will be a significant benefit to Hogan Lovells’ clients—especially as data security regulation and litigation are on the rise globally.”

In her previous position as one of the Fortune 1000's first chief privacy officers, Pearson was responsible for information policy and practices affecting over 400,000 employees and thousands of clients. She led global teams of legal, data protection, and technical professionals at IBM providing legal, policy and compliance services to internal clients. She led IBM’s global engagement in public policy and industry initiatives relative to cyber security, data security, and privacy. Pearson also has extensive experience with legal and policy issues surrounding social media use in the workplace.

“With its deep bench and unparalleled reputation as the leader in privacy and data security law, Hogan Lovells is the ideal place for me to develop my practice,” said Pearson. “Today's active regulatory and enforcement landscape is just the start of governments' response to the privacy and security implications of the monumental technology-enabled changes underway in business and society. I am very much looking forward to working closely with my colleagues to serve clients around the world on a wide range of privacy and data security matters.”

Pearson currently serves on the advisory boards of the Electronic Privacy Information Center and the Future of Privacy Forum, and previously served on the CSIS Commission on Cybersecurity for the 44th Presidency and the executive committee of the Centre for Information Policy Leadership. She recently completed a four-year adjunct faculty appointment at Georgetown University.

A founding and long-serving board member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals, she conceived of and now chairs the IAPP’s new Pro Bono Privacy Initiative.

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