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Chief Privacy Officers Council

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The Chief Privacy Officers Council is designed for the most Senior Privacy executives from major organisations across a variety of industry sectors (min €1 bn revenues) based in EMEA. The Council provides a confidential and vendor-free environment where members can keep ahead of all critical issues related to privacy and discuss their hardest operational challenges


  • ABB Ltd
  • ABBVie Pharmaceuticals
  • Emerson
  • Novartis International AG
  • Richemont
  • Stryker Europe
  • UBS Group AG

Enduring relationships are at the core of the council experience. Enhanced by our global, enterprise-wide reach, these relationships span the world and help extend value across your organization. Confidential peer dialogue provides you with a broader perspective and shared experiences as well as access to specific knowledge, saving you precious time. Council membership benefits:

  • Collective problem-solving that puts your issue on the agenda
  • Benchmarking through regular surveys of relevant Council member company practices
  • Virtual communities that extend learning opportunities through a variety of online forums and other resource
  • Multi-functional insights generated by the wealth of perspectives. More than 130 councils work together across functions and geographies, covering more than 50 functions.

“The Council of Chief Privacy Officers in the US is the best such group I have been associated with in my time as a compliance and privacy officer. The experience and expertise of the members and the relevance of the issues we consider are unmatched, and the quality of our discussions and the materials we exchange have been consistently superior.” 

Jay Cohen, former Compliance and Privacy Officer, The Dun & Bradstreet Corporation - Member of the Chief Privacy Officers Council in the US

"At the heart of the value of this experience for me is first: strong senior speakers. These are not professional speakers, but rather high-quality senior practitioners with an intimate knowledge of our environment. Second, the networking with colleagues; something much more important than quantitative management tools, it is the opportunity to meet decision-makers and senior practitioners in the field and learn about new developments. Third, compared to CEB, who relies on process-driven data which I can’t find an application for, the peer exchange at The Conference Board is the value."

Christopher King, VP and General Counsel, Hunter Douglas Management AG - Member of the Legal Council

"We're a member of quite a number of initiatives, but this one really stands out. It's one of the rare ones where you get the opportunity to meet with senior colleagues at the same level, who are very open and very prepared to help share and collaborate on a whole host of issues in a very safe environment. One thing that we have found consistently in the council is that a lot of issues we have to deal with from an ethics and compliance perspective are probably 95% of the time challenges that other council members either have had to face or dealt with successfully. Almost a year ago we were able to get very good advice from two Global Fortune 500 companies who are council members about an experience they had had with a particular vendor. We put them through an RFP and a tender and they were rated the top and to be honest we've been very impressed with the implementation and the speed. I'm also actually pleased to know following that feedback a number of other council members have also decided to use a similar tool and technology."

Shahzad Khan, Head of Group Ethics & Compliance, Mubadala - Member of the Compliance and Ethics Council

  • Privacy and Labor Questions surrounding COVID-19 vaccination
  • Web 2.0 and beyond
  • China/Hong Kong—new laws
  • The privacy perfect storm
  • Covid-19 privacy implications
  • Data Protection Officers—company practices
  • The CPO as a strategist—structure of Privacy Office
  • Deidentification
  • Data retention
  • Privacy metrics
  • Developments in Europe, US, Middle-East China, Brazil, India
  • Privacy standards: member benchmarking
  • Cookies, beacons, AdTech deep dive
  • Privacy training

Members must be responsible for privacy at their companies, including the strategy and policies and implementation of those policies. Membership is by invitation only.

Ellen Hexter

Ellen Hexter

Program Director, Chief Audit Executives Council, IT Audit Leaders Council, Strategic Risk Management Council, and Strategic Risk Management Council
The Conference Board
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